Donegal Gardaí are reminding dog owners of the harm their pets can cause if let roam free or unsecured during lambing season.
“With dog ownership comes responsibility. Secure your dog, have it microchipped and registered with your vet,” a garda spokesperson said.
“This time of year onwards we see issues with sheep kills when dogs attack livestock. Dogs should not be allowed roam.
“If your dog attacks animals on someone’s land, you could be held liable for the damages and face prosecution. The farmer is also within their right to shoot any animal that is worrying their livestock.”
Prosecution under Section 9 of the ‘Control of Dogs Act 1986’ could result in one month in prison and/or a €600 fine.