COOKSTOWN District Council says it has launched an investigation into a number of sheep attacks in the district.
It follows a spate of attacks from dogs in the Killymoon, Kinturk, Coagh and Pomeroy areas.
Council Enforcement Officer Marcus Blemmings has appealed for all dog owners to ensure that their dogs are properly secured at night.
A number of the sheep have had to be humanely destroyed due to the severe nature of their injuries.
Mr Blemmings, indicated that investigations are on-going into the attacks, and emphasised the dog owner(s) responsible for this damage would be liable for any compensation that may be payable for livestock killed and injured together with any legal actions that may be taken under the Dogs (NI) Order 1983.
All dog owners have a duty to ensure that their dogs are kept under control at all times. Please ensure that you take all the necessary steps to make sure your dog does not stray and become responsible for any of these types of incidents.
If you have any information which may assist Council in identifying the dogs involved in recent incidents, please contact the Enforcement Officer - Environmental Health Department at Tel. No. 028 867 62205 or via our Website at www.cookstown.gov.uk