Shannonside sheep farmer appeals to dog owners to control their pets

A sheep farmer on the Longford/Westmeath border is appealing to dog owners to keep more control of their pets, especially during this peak lambing season.

Sean McNamara who farms sheep with his son at Lismacaffrey says he has lost over 40 ewes in a series of dog attacks over the past number of weeks, at a cost of around €10,000.

He says that neighbouring farmers have also suffered losses of another possible €10,000 during the attacks, when sheep are either killed, maimed, or injure themselves trying to escape.

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Sean says he has had to put the majority of the flock indoors in order to protect them from the attacks and that also costs more money.

Speaking on Let’s Talk this afternoon, the sheep farmer says there’s been a significant increase in dog attacks this year and they have already shot a number of dogs during the raids.