As we are still in lambing season we must remember to supervise our dog all times. It is reported that every year up to 4,000 sheep are killed or seriously injured in dog attacks. Their vulnerability is heightened at this time of year.
Minister Humphreys says “Some 2.5 million lambs will be born all over Ireland this springtime. Sheep flocks are very vulnerable to dog attacks at this critical time, and especially during the night” ~ Press Release Gov.ie.
Sheep worrying and stress can cause death to either or both the unborn lamb and pregnant ewe. We are responsible for our pets and any harm that they cause others. We need to make sure that they are safe, secure and supervised at all times.
ANY DOG, even your family pet can worry and stress out sheep if they find themselves in a field with them. Attacks on sheep have a devastating impact and can happen in a matter of minutes! The latest reports show 240 incidences of “Livestock worrying”. These were recorded by local authorities. Don’t let your dog add to the numbers.
Be over-cautious at this time of year and together we can make this a thing of the past.