A sheep farmer based in Virginia, Co Cavan has shared her thoughts on a dog attack in which 48 lambs were killed.
The incident happened in Moneygall on the Offaly/Tipperary border.
Giving her reaction, Sandra Coote described the attack as "absolutely horrendous."
Sandra who along with her husband got involved in the restoration of the Roscommon sheep breed a number of years ago, said the aftermath of an attack of this scale can have a detrimental impact of the remaining flock who survived.
"The bigger problem is the stress that is caused to sheep during an attack which can cause issues with lambing and other things. The sheep who survive rarely recover," she told Northern Sound.
According to Sandra, for a sheep farmer to receive such news is "very stressful" and "financially harmful."
She added that the deterrence for dog owners doesn't seem to be very high across Ireland: