There have been no reports of dogs worrying livestock made to Gardai in Louth in the last four months, despite almost 50 instances brought to the attention of An Garda Siochana nationwide in that time.
There were three such reports made in Meath between March and June this year and two in the Cavan/Monaghan Garda district, but none in Louth. In one incident in Meath, a farmer shot two dogs after the dogs had killed six sheep and injured two more.
“If your dog goes and attacks animals on someone’s land, you could be held liable for the damages and face prosecution,” Inspector James White from the Tipperary Garda Division said today. “The farmer is also within their right to shoot any animal that is worrying their livestock.”
Tipperary had five reports of sheep worrying made in the last four months, just short of Sligo/Leitrim were there were seven and Galway which recorded six.
“Whilst you might think your dog is friendly and placid at home, they can cause horrific injuries to other animal. We would ask that everyone ensures their dog is kept under control as nobody wants to see animals being harmed.”
According to the Irish Farmers Association, there were 18 attacks reported to Louth County Council’s Dog Warden Service in county Louth in 2018. Speaking last year, IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy said that the Cooley region had been “under siege” from dog attacks.
He claimed 31 dogs had been seized in the Cooley region alone.