Farmer ap­peals to dog own­ers af­ter vi­cious sheep kill

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

A SHEEP farm­ing fam­ily, based in the Fer­rycar­rig area, is ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to keep an eye on their dogs af­ter a vi­cious at­tack which saw three of their sheep killed and nine in­jured.

Wil­fred and Ann Jones had a flock of al­most 70 sheep graz­ing on land in Alma, in Park. All but one of the sheep was in lamb, with the ma­jor­ity due to give birth within the next month.

Dog at­tacks on sheep are usu­ally more preva­lent dur­ing lamb­ing sea­son but the Jones’ were shocked to dis­cover the dev­as­tat­ing scene on their land on Fri­day morn­ing.

Ms Jones ex­plained that her hus­band had driven out that morn­ing to check on the flock.

‘He found one in a drain and thought it might have just turned over and fallen, but when he drove across the field, there was wool and blood every­where and he found the rest of them.

‘We think it hap­pened it hap­pened early Fri­day morn­ing be­cause the dead sheep were still warm when he found them.’

Three of the an­i­mals were so badly mauled that there was noth­ing left to stitch them up. Nine oth­ers were badly in­jured and un­der­went vet­eri­nary treat­ment. The re­main­der of the flock, she said, had been ter­ri­fied by the in­ci­dent and they found one or two that had fled from the area and turned up near the rugby club.

Ms Jones es­ti­mated that they had suf­fered dam­ages and loss of well in ex­cess of €1,000.

They have moved the en­tire flock to a new graz­ing lo­ca­tion in case the of­fend­ing dogs re­turn.

‘It was a re­ally vi­cious at­tack and I would say there was more than one dog. Who­ever’s dog or dogs did it, it should be fairly ob­vi­ous to the own­ers as there’ ll be wool in their teeth and blood on their fur.’

The cou­ple con­tacted both the Gardai and the IFA and have asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the Gardai on 053 91 65200. So far, no one has come for­ward to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the in­ci­dent.

Two of the sheep killed in the dog at­tack.

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