Longford Dog Warden advises responsible dog ownership following sheep attack

It's the dog owner's responsibility to prevent livestock worrying

Jessica Thompson

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Call for responsible dog ownership

With lambing season coming up, it's extremely important that dog owners are responsible with their pets. That's the message that was portrayed by Longford Dog Warden Hilary Robinson this afternoon.

Ms Robinson made the statement following a vicious attack on a sheep in Kenagh this morning.

"Sheep and lambs are particularly vulnerable to attack from dogs at this time of year," she said.

"Dog owners are asked to be extremely vigilant at this time and to ensure their dog is kept under effective control at all times. In particular the dog owner must ensure that their dog is secured at night and at all times when the owner is absent. Dogs must never be allowed to stray unaccompanied off the owner’s property."

The Control of Dogs Act 1986 (as amended) sets out the principal rules pertaining to liability for damages caused by dogs. If a dog worries livestock, the Act provides that the owner or the person in charge of the dog shall be guilty of an offence.

The term ‘worry’ in relation to livestock means to attack or kill or to chase livestock in such a way as may reasonably be expected to cause death or injury or suffering to the livestock, or to result in financial loss to the owner of the livestock.

Section 21 of the Act imposes strict liability upon a dog owner for any injuries caused by dogs to livestock and for damage which results when a dog attacks a person. It provides that the owner of a dog may be liable for damage caused in an attack on any person by the dog and for injury done by it to any livestock.

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