Galway County Council has warned farmers to be on the lookout for dog attacks after a suspected sheep worrying incident has left several animals unaccounted for.
The council’s Dog Warden is currently investigating a suspected sheep worrying incident which occurred in Deerpark, Kilchreest last Sunday.
A number of ewes and lambs were injured in the incident, and several lambs remain unaccounted for.
“We are asking that farmers in the area be particularly vigilant against the threat of dog attacks on livestock at this time,” the council said.
The council also issued a reminder that it is the legal responsibility of dog owners to ensure that their dogs are under effective control at all time.
“Attacks on sheep can result in economic losses to the farmer, for which the dog owner can be held liable under the Control of Dogs Act.”
“If you witness an incident of sheep worrying or damage to livestock in Galway County, please report it immediately to Galway County Council and (An Garda Siochana).”
“It is important that all incidents be reported as soon as possible following the incident; Tel: 091-509510 Email, email@example.com”.