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Keady farm attack leaves dozen sheep dead

An Armagh veterinary surgery who were called to the grisly scene of a devastating sheep worrying attack at a farm in Keady on Monday last have issued a warning to farmers across the district to be vigilant and have pleaded with all dog owners to avoid letting their animals roam freely.  

The brutal attack, carried out by three large dogs, left a dozen sheep dead. According to the veterinary centre, nine sheep were killed with a further three sheep euthanised due to the severity of their injuries. 

The social media post, which attached pictures of the stricken animals’ gruesome injuries, said another 10 pregnant ewes were also pursued by the dogs and there are fears that the ewes may abort their unborn lambs as a result of the trauma. 

“These poor defenceless creatures stood no chance against them,” said the post.

“Farmers please be vigilant to avoid more loss of life. This is why dogs cannot be allowed to roam as this is an example of the real damage they can do.”

In the wake of the shocking attack, Newry and Armagh DUP MLA William MLA William Irwin said it was vital that dog owners fully understood the dangers of allowing dogs to roam freely in areas where sheep are grazing.

“It is absolutely essential that dog owners know where their dogs are at all times and exercise great care in order to stop this type of incident occurring as it represents a significant loss to the farmer who  has to deal with the aftermath,” said Mr Irwin, who warned that  “a farmer is well within their rights to shoot any dog that is worrying sheep on their land.”