Appeal Issued For All Dog Owners To Be Extra Vigilant During Lambing Season

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Tipperary County Council is appealing to all dog owners to be extra vigilant to keep their dogs under control at all times.

In recent months there have seen harrowing cases of sheep kills within the county.

The council warns that such attacks have a devastating effect on families and surviving animals.

In addition to financial loss, such incidents can cause great distress for all involved.

The council warns that a friendly family pet can become a killer if left out unsupervised, especially at night.

The council is also asking people visiting the countryside with their dogs, to respect farm boundaries, give farm animals space and keep their dog on a lease at all times.

All dog owners must ensure their dogs are properly secured and cannot stray at night.

All dog owners should have a licence for their dogs, keep their dog under control and the dog should wear a collar with the owner’s name and address.

Since 2015 it is compulsory for dogs to be microchipped and registered.

Owners of restricted breeds must also ensure their dogs are muzzled, kept on a strong, short leash (not exceeding 2 metres) and under the control of a person aged over 16 years, at all times when out in a public place.

The council is also warning dog owners that could face prosecution for injury or damages to people or animals.

The Government promised reforms of Dog Control Measures following an attack on a child and several incidents of sheep being attacked in recent months.

Part of the Government response is to enforce existing legislation.