Attacks on livestock
Attacks on Animals – Sheep, Lambs etc.
Meath County Council reminds dog owners that under the Control of Dogs Act they can be held liable for financial damage caused to farmers in relation to attacks on animals and costs can run to several thousand Euro.
Owners of dogs must be vigilant at all times. Whether you live in or near the countryside, or visit it for recreational purposes, dog owners need to be on guard the whole time.
Dog owners also need to be careful if they leave their dog out in the back garden at the end of the day for a ‘quick run and to do their business’ – as this can result in even docile dogs joining with other dogs and partaking in attacks on sheep.
Don’t let your pets roam freely in the countryside where they can inflict horrific injuries and suffering on lambs and ewes.
Dog owners should also ensure that their dogs are secured at night.
A dog attack on a flock of sheep, particularly during lambing season, can inflict serious damage in terms of animal welfare and may have financial consequences for dog owners responsible.