Killed 50 lambs in Offaly’s dog attack

Over the weekend in Offaly, 50 lambs were killed in a “terrible” dog attack that will cost the farmer €10,000.

told Oneygall sheep farmer John Healy Independent Farming that his mother called him on Saturday morning to say there were lambs in her backyard.

“I wasn’t home and I knew something was wrong – the home house is almost a mile from where the lambs would be. So I called my sons Cathal and Robert who went out to investigate. It was awful.

“There were dead lambs all over the country. They were killed one by one.”

Eleven lambs, he said, were found in a corner of the field. “That was horrible. Apparently a dog was holding her in the corner when another came in and killed her – they were less than two meters apart.”

A total of 50 of the 120 lambs in the field were killed, Mr Healy said. They were born in March and April so weren’t fit for the factory yet, but he estimates the financial damage at around €10,000, including the cost of disposing of the carcasses, which will total around €1,000.

“In the next field there are 200 ewes that haven’t been touched, but now we had to bring them in two months earlier, which also costs – bedding, extra straw and feeding,” he said.

“Even my neighbor had to bring in his sheep.”

Another concern is what will happen when they lamb in the spring.

“It’s not just the financial loss. Now the concern is if they lamb then what do we do do we let them back onto the field for the dogs to charge?


John Healy says: “The dogs must be put down. They have a taste for killing’

Mr Healy called the Gardaí who came out, but the dogs were a long way away and there was little they could do, he said.

“These dogs went home to a house covered in blood. The dogs must be euthanized. They have a taste for killing.”

Two large dogs, he said, were seen running away, but he estimates there may have been more involved.

“We’ve had a few dog attacks over the years where a dog comes in and maybe a lamb or two is chased, but nothing on this scale.

“Something has to be done with these big dogs. My biggest fear is that these dogs will kill again, be it sheep or calves. They killed for fun, not for hunger.” Killed 50 lambs in Offaly’s dog attack

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