'Tougher Penalties' The Key To Reducing Dog Attacks On Sheep Herds

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Last year, an Offaly farmer lost 50 sheep in a dog attack.

"Tougher penalties" are what's required to tackle the spate of serious dog attacks on sheep herds according to the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association.

Last year an Offaly farmer lost 50 sheep in one incident, 20 sheep were killed in Kildare, while there were been reports of other incidents in Tullamore and Borris on Ossory. 

ICSA Chair, Sean McNamara believes attacks on sheep herds can cost a farmer thousands in knock-on consequences.

The Westmeath farmer says he wants to see irresponsible dog owners penalised to a greater extent:

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