Fines for dog owner after sheep are mauled by huskies

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

The owner of Siberian Husky dogs which killed and mauled sheep has been fined over £2,100.

Stephen Kerlin, of Derrychrier Road, Dungiven, was convicted of six charges on tendered evidence after he failed to appear at Londonderry Magistrates Court.

The charges include keeping a dog without a licence, permitting a dog to stray, dog worrying livestock and permit a dog to attack a person on November 24, last year.

The court heard that the dogs owned by Kerlin killed two sheep and mauled two others at a farm on the Altinure Road.

They also attempted to attack the farmer and he shot one of them with a legally owned firearm. The other Siberian Husky dog ran off.

Imposing the fine, District Judge Barney McElholm said it was a very serious incident.