Wed, 21 Aug 2019

Laws on controlling dogs in Ireland under review

Conor Trindle
11 Aug 2019, 15:12 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - Owners, and people and organisations with an interest in dogs are being urged to provide their views on what Ireland should be doing to control dogs.

The Department of Rural and Community Development has legislative responsibility for the area of Dog Control in Ireland. Certain aspects of this legislation have been in place for a significant number of years and the government says it is now being reviewed to see if changes are required.

For example, a Statutory Instrument which requires extra controls for a list of specific breeds has been in place since 1998, and some parties have indicated that this breed-specific approach requires a change.

No breed of dog is banned in Ireland, requirements only relate to leashing and muzzling in public places.

Some assert that more breeds should be added to the list especially given the newer breeds that have arrived in Ireland over the last number of years. Others believe that a different approach should be taken which would focus on the behavioural issues of individual dogs, rather than specific breeds and should move away from muzzling.

The department is now reviewing this area, it says, to ensure improvements are made where appropriate and to ensure an appropriate approach is in place for the effective control of dogs in Ireland. This approach may or may not be breed-specific.

"This consultation process will close on 6 September 2019. The consultation document poses a series of 10 questions and I would like to remind all interested parties to make a submission before the closing date," Sean Canney the Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development said Friday.

The consultation paper is available here, or by visiting the consultation section of Printed copies can be requested from or by calling (076)100 6936.

Interested parties are invited to make written submissions by email to by 5.30pm on 6 September 2019. Submissions may also be posted to the Dog Control Unit, Department of Rural and Community Development, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co. Mayo. F26 E8N6.

Pictured: ISPCA Inspectors.

(Photo credit: ISPCA).

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