Press release from Dublin City Council.
From 1st July 2007 and in the interest of good estate management, Dublin City Council has introduced a ban on the following dog breeds or crosses of these breeds with other dogs, within their housing estates and flat complexes:
* American Pit Bull Terrier
* Staffordshire Bull Terrier
* English Pit Bull Terrier
* Bull Mastiff
* Doberman Pinscher
* German Shepherd (Alsatian)
* Rhodesian Ridgeback
* Japanese Akita
* Japanese Tosa
The Council has a duty of care to all its tenants to ensure that they live in a safe environment. The ban on these breeds will be implemented through the Tenancy Agreement thereby including all existing tenants as well as all future tenants.
In the Dublin area since January 2007 there have been ten reported dog attacks on people, three of which were on children the youngest being three years of age. The dogs involved in these attacks were Bull Mastiff, Pit Bull Terriers, Japanese Akita, Rothweilers and German Shepherds. In the first six months of 2007 seventy-three banned dogs were surrendered by their owners and a further one hundred and sixty-nine were picked up as strays.
The council says it will give "reasonable" time to find alternative accomodation and is seeking to introduce the ban to include all public parks.
I know Tosa's are banned in the UK and I bet some of the other breeds are very rare but German Shepherds? flipping heck.
Jimmy Cahill from the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said today that the council is effectively sentencing the dogs to death.
A petition to reverse the decision has been organised by Irish lobbying group ANVIL (Animals Need a Voice in Legislation). So please sign the petition today by clicking this