Owner fined for dog attack on farmer

Published Thursday, 21 August 2014
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The owner of a Siberian Husky dog, which killed two sheep before attacking a farmer near the village of Park in Co Londonderry, has been fined £2,100.

Owner fined for dog attack on farmer
The owner of the dog was convicted in his absence. (© UTV)

The dog was one of two huskies which attacked a flock of sheep in a field at the Altinure Road on 24 November last year.

The owner of the unchipped dogs, Stephen Kerlin from Derrychrier Road in Dungiven, who at the time of the attacks was a neighbour of the sheep farmer, was fined a total of £2,100.

He was convicted in his absence on Thursday at Derry's Magistrates Court on tendered evidence of being the owner of the two unlicensed dogs, of allowing them to stray, of being the keeper of dogs worrying livestock and of being the owner of a dog which attacked a person.

The court was told that the farmer ran into his house and armed himself with his legally held .22 Magnum rifle when he saw the two dogs attacking his flock.

One of the dogs ran off but the other had one of the sheep by the throat.

The farmer fired at the animal which then dropped the sheep from its jaws and ran at the farmer.

He fired two more shots at the dog before killing it with a fourth shot fired from close range.

The farmer alerted the police and told them he was shocked at the wolf-like size of the two huskies and at their demeanour.

Imposing the fines, District Judge Barney McElholm said it was a very serious case of sheep worrying in which two sheep were killed and two others injured.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
John in Newtownabbey wrote (122 days ago):
We have just such a breed of dog in our vicinity whose owners let it roam every morning to defecate in everyone else's garden. It is aggressive towards children and it is only a matter of time before something nasty happens. The dog warden has been called several times but to no avail. It is such a pity that these dogs clearly chosen for their decorative qualities are neglected so. Husky dogs come from a working strain and are not really suitable as pets. They are naturally aggressive. Problem is really the mentality of irresponsible owners in their choice of dog and then in their lack of necessary care.
keith roland in belfast wrote (123 days ago):
we have far too many dog owners who let their dogs run wild without a leash, he deserves the large fine, what did he expect, a telling off?
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