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Dog Attacks

If your dog attacks another animal or person, or if you or an animal you own has been attacked by a dog, you should report the incident to us.

We will investigate the alleged attack, and when all the relevant information has been gathered, we will make a decision about any action to take, including whether there is enough evidence to take a prosecution.

Sheep and Livestock Worrying

  • The Council has the authority to seize any dog for veterinary analysis (of any type and breed) suspected of being involved in worrying or attacking livestock and, where possible, a prosecution will then be sought against the owner

  • ​The owner may 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

Need more advice?

You'll find useful information on NI Direct 'Controlling Your Dog In Public'. The National Sheep Association also provides useful advice for dog owners

​You can contact our Environmental Health service on 03000 132 132 or email us at