Following a number of incidents involving dog attacks on sheep, Sligo County Council would like to remind dog owners of their responsibility to keep their dogs under control at all times and to always know where their dog is.
Lambing season is approaching and sheep are particularly vulnerable at this time. A dog owner whose dog chases/attacks sheep is liable for all damages caused by their dog. Attacks such as this cause considerable damage, and even when sheep are not physically attacked, the stress can cause them to lose their lambs. These incidents can be prevented if dog owners ensure they know where their dogs are at all times.
Dog owners should note that farmers have the right to shoot any dog seen worrying livestock.
6th January 2012