NI Councils Warn Of Dogs Posing A Danger to Livestock

Dog walkers across Northern Ireland have been warned to keep control of their pets amid concerns for the safety of livestock.

Dog worrying, especially during lambing season, is a serious concern for farmers, according to the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council and the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Council.

Along with physical attacks, chasing of livestock by dogs can also be considered as worrying if it causes suffering to animals or a financial loss to their owner.
 Farmers can suffer the loss of valuable stock including unborn lambs, as well as veterinary care costs and damage to property.
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While the councils recognised that the vast majority of dogs are well looked after and are friendly family pets, all dogs have the potential to inflict injury and to worry livestock. Dog Warden Services in both districts have reminded dog owners to act responsibly by ensuring their pet is under control at all times and kept secure at night.

Council's dog wardens have the authority to seize any dog of any type and breed suspected of being involved in worrying or attacking livestock, and owners may be prosecuted for any offences. A court can also order dogs to be put down in such cases. Attacks can also lead to civil cases brought by farmers for financial loss suffered.

Dog wardens respond to all incidents of dog worrying or attacks and anyone who witnesses a dog worrying or attacking livestock is encouraged to report this to their relevant council service.


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