Another child was mauled by 2 Rotweillers in Ireland at the weekend . Luckily he lived . This type of dog attack happens here and in the UK a lot. Once is too much. Here in Ireland there is a law - The Control of Dogs Act which is supposed to place controls on certain breeds of dogs, namely the American Pit Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier,Bull Mastiff, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd (Alsatian), Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Japanese Akita, Japanese Tosa and Bandog and to strains and crosses of these dogs.
• These dogs, must whenever they are in a public place, be kept on a short strong lead by a person over 16 years of age who is capable of controlling them, and
• These dogs must be muzzled whenever they are in a public place
I am sure hardly anyone is aware of this law - the man that walks his 2 alsations every day near us - no lead no muzzle - is probably unaware of the law. Who enforces it? In rural areas there may be 1 dog warden for a whole county!! The Garda don’t seem to want to get involved.
Dogs on beaches too - many beaches have a dog ban but it is ignored by stupid people who think they are above any rule of law and have no cares about other people’s safety or health. Don’t get me started about dog crap on the streets - I could go on forever. There are many responsible dog owners - I know - but there are loads who don’t care. The dog licence fee is minimal - about 12 euro and enforcement in almost non existent.
All dogs are potentially dangerous - but in the hands of an owner who is ignorant or thick - they have a bigger chance of doing damage.
We should get on to our local councils whenever we see a dangerous dog unmuzzled or not on a lead. I am not sure what some of these dogs look like - but I will be finding out. If in doubt - keep your children away from loose dogs. Please. Dog owners - keep control of your dogs - please.