I went to the local dog warden last spring,when my sheep were been run at knight by a dog,he said,go to the guards,i went to them,they said shoot the dog.This was on the third day of me,taking sheep out of hedges and fences! I shot the dog that knight,i didnt bat an eyelid over it!
When I applied for my FAC's, on the application where it asked reason for wanting firearm I put, among other reasons, "protection of livestock".
I've had to shoot dogs in the past, don't like doing it but I've also seen firsthand what they can do. Seen Dad stich back together a ewes skin all around the jaw then feed her through a tube for months. Went to the owner, "My dog wouldn't do that", well, your f*****g dog did f*****g do it.
I've pulled hoggets out of streams because of a terrier and collie out together. Terrier owner "My dog wouldn't do that", more bollocks as I'd caught him and was thick enough not to kill him then and there. Collie owner had his put down, a man much looked down upon in this community yet he was the only one who did.
Have had other terriers worry the ewes, again owners "My dog wouldn't do that" until they were physically chased back down the road to their door. Then they looked to re-home them, when we enquired at the vets he said a farmer had took them
and the owners never mentioned worrying livestock.
Have seen 80+ dead, in bog holes, in lakes, shredded on the bog, and injured sheep because of two dogs loose from a Friday to a Tuesday.
Know of a hound that was dumped, and killed multiple sheep over a number of weeks. Local Garda's sheep were some of the victims.
Signs? Not worth a f**k. People loose the ability to read plain uncomplicated english when what's in front of them don't suit them. The amount of people I've had to give a bollocking to about bringing dogs on our land is unreal. No respect for anyone or anything...... My dog wouldn't do that.... Well, shite cos my dog is capable of it and so is any other.
So, would I shoot a dog? You bet ya. Do I like shooting dogs? No, I'd prefer shoot the f*****g owner.
Edited by JohnGalway, 16 February 2012 - 06:11 pm.