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Friday, July 20, 2007

Dublin City Council Bans 11 Breeds of Dog

Thanks to Jan for alerting me to the fact that Dublin City Council has banned 11 breeds of dogs from all of its council properties.

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
* Rottweiler
* 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


Mary said...

I see the day coming when all dogs will be banned! We have had a hard time ensuring that dogs can walk off lead in the Forest!
yes there are some badly trained dogs out there, but GSD and Rotweillers can have very sweet natures whilst I have seen really bad tempered lap dogs!
I signed the petition.

Mo said...

I've found the temper of dogs has more to do with how their owners treat them! I've known some German shepherds with really lovely natures.

Beki said...

This has me fuming! It is the bad owners who should be held to account not a blanket ban.

Ooh I'm off to fume about this!

Dorothea said...

Thanks for highlighting this Pete, this issue needs as much publicity as we can get for it.

I agree with Mary and Mo, and the RSPCA; the issue is "deed not breed". I've got a Staffie, and she is adorable - with a responsible owner. It's the wicked people who maltreat and misuse dogs that need banning, not the innocent dogs.

There's also a hidden agenda against dogs building up all over Eurabia now. If we sit complacently back, dogs *will* be banned, as Mary says. And God knows what else.

Anonymous said...

Whoever thought up this ridiculous ban obviously isn't a dog lover!!! I work in a vets and I see dogs brought in that been attacked by another dog and 9 times out of 10 its breeds such as collies and labradors even small terriers that have done the attacking!!
Why pick on certain breeds just because they have had irresponsible owners, its the owners that should be punished not the dog, its not the dogs fault!!!
An irresponsible owner is comitting animal cruelty!!

I own a Rottie and I couldn't ask for a more loving and loyal dog!

I just wish people would just wake up and see that owning a dog is a big responiblity and banning certain breeds is just ridiculous!