Local dog owners urged to ‘keep pets secure to prevent attacks’

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Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty has called on dog owners to make sure that their animals are securely kept inside or on their property at night or when they are away from home.

The Slieve Gullion councillor was speaking after dogs slaughtered a number of sheep and lambs in the Lisseraw recently.

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“I would urge people to make absolutely sure that their animals are kept safely on their property when they aren’t around,” he said.



“People may think their dog is harmless but any dog is a very different animal when following sheep, especially in a pack.

“Not only does the loss of sheep and lambs have a financial cost for farmers it’s also deeply distressing to have to recover animals they have cared for after a dog attack.



“When dogs attack lambs they literally rip them to shreds leaving a very gruesome scene behind.

“People should make absolutely sure their pets are secure, not just to protect farm animals but also for the safety of the pets themselves,” he added.






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