Tipperary sheep kill: IFA urges dog owners to keep pets under control

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Tipperary sheep kill: IFA urges dog owners to keep pets under control

Following an attack on sheep near Birdhill in recent days, North Tipperary IFA chairperson Imelda Walsh has called on dog owners to ensure their pets are under control at all times.

Nenagh Gardaí are seeking information also about the incident in which sheep were attacked by dogs in the Thornhill area of Birdhill.

At least two sheep died as a result and a Garda spokesman has urged dogs owners to be responsible.

Meanwhile, Ms Walsh said owners needed to realise that although they were pets, dogs can, and do, attack sheep and should be under control at all times.

“Owners must take a much more active and responsible approach. They should realise that they can be held responsible for any losses involved in dog attacks, with serious financial and legal consequences. Farmers have a right to protect their sheep flock and can shoot a dog worrying, or about to worry their flock,” said Ms Walsh.

She said IFA has a protocol to help farmers who encounter a dog attack on their sheep flock.

The IFA protocol involves an easy-to- follow, 10-point Plan of Action covering what a farmer should do following a dog attack or sheep kill.

 The IFA Protocol deals with what a farmer should do if they have a dog attack on their flock and also outlines important aspects of the law and how the dog warden service and the Garda can help.

It also sets out how to keep a full record of the attack, which can be used as evidence at a later stage.