Burns urges dog owners to ‘act responsibly’
Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns has urged dog owners to act responsibly in the coming weeks and months, during the lambing season, to ensure that there is not another year of losses and carnage.
Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Burns said,“Every year we read in the newspapers and look at the photographs of lambs ripped asunder by dogs and we should do all in our power to prevent this happening again this year.
“Some farmers have had severe losses over the years due to dogs worrying sheep which is very distressing to all involved.
“When this happens, nobody wins, so in order to prevent any dogs or sheep being killed or maimed, I would urge dog owners to act in a responsible manner, making sure that their pets are kept in at night.”
He added, “Never assume that your dog would not behave in this manner as it is a natural instinct for them to chase and hunt. If you see any dogs close to a field where there is sheep, report this immediately to the farmer.”
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