Gardaí are pleading with dog owners to be vigilant about where their pets are at all times after a number of incidents lately where they have attacked livestock.
Laois Crime Prevention Officer Graham Kavanagh has made the call after an increase in attacks involving dogs on sheep recently.
He said that any owner found guilty of not controlling their pet would be subject to legal proceedings.
He said: “Reminder to dog owners responsibilities in respect of control of their dogs and offences for failure to do so in the lead up to lambing season.
“There was a sheep kill in West Offaly recently. A file is being prepared for directions.
“Around 6/7 sheep were killed in one incident.
“So we just want to remind dog owners there little pets can do damage in packs.”