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Warning issued to restricted dog breed owners


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Warning issued to restricted dog breed owners Warning issued to restricted dog breed owners

From the Galway City Tribune – Owners of restricted dog breeds have been reminded they must keep their pets muzzled and on a leash at all times in public places.

A Galway City Joint Policing Committee meeting also heard this week that children under the age of 16 are not allowed to walk restricted dog breeds in public.

Among the restricted dog breeds are: Rottweiler, Doberman, German Shepherd (Alsatian) and American and English Bull Terriers.

Councillor Donal Lyons (Ind) said he had representations from parents about restricted dogs being walked in public places without a strong leash or chain.

He said that the legislation states that only people over 16 who are capable of controlling these types of dogs are permitted to do so in public.

He cited recent incidents in England and other parts of Ireland where restricted dogs had attacked children.

Cllr Lyons said it may not be a priority issue for Gardaí and the City Council but it was important to remind restricted do owners of their responsibilities.

In a written reply at the JPC, Gardaí confirmed that one fine this year was issued under Section 5 of the Control of Dogs Regulations that refers to dogs on the restricted breed list being off leash.

Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said he will update Cllr Lyons on fines issued for similar offences by Galway City Council.

Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) said the city has just two dog wardens who do a great job and respond rapidly, even if she called after hours.

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