Alan Sloane holding a lamb
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Rathfriland farmer defends killing hunting dogs after they threatened his sheep

A County Down farmer has said he had no choice but to shoot several dogs involved in a stag hunt to protect his sheep.

The incident on Alan Sloane's farm land, near Rathfriland, is being investigated by the local council and the Countryside Alliance - an organisation which represents hunting groups.

This report, from BBC News NI's Agriculture and Environment correspondent Conor Macauley, contains images of the dead dogs which some viewers may find upsetting.

  • 12 Feb 2016