Sheep and livestock Worrying
At this time of year dog attacks on livestock, especially sheep can be very high due to lambing season. This is a serious concern for farmers as there can be quite a substantial financial loss to them should their animals be lost, injured or killed.
The results of dog attacks are often vicious resulting in terrible injuries. Although it is recognised that the vast majority of dogs are well looked after and are friendly family pets, all dogs have the potential to inflict injury and to worry livestock.
Mid Ulster District Council therefore asks that dog owners continue to act responsibly and ensure their dog is under control at all times and securely housed at night.
Mid Ulster District Council has the authority to seize any dog (of any type and breed) suspected of being involved in worrying or attacking livestock and prosecution will then be sought against the owner if it is proven.
The owner will face considerable costs including a £1000 fine, court costs and in some cases the cost of having their dog humanely destroyed.
A civil case may also be brought by the farmer for any financial loss suffered.
Anyone who witnesses a dog worrying or attacking livestock is encouraged to report this to the Council’s Dog Warden or Enforcement Officer by telephoning 03000 132 132.
For useful advice from the National Sheep Association click here.