[ SHOWGSD-L ] Ireland update

  • From: Gail Sprock <gsprock@xxxxxxx>
  • To: ShowGSD List <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 07:46:50 -0700

City council stands firm on dog ban

By Louise Hogan

Saturday July 14 2007



DOG owners and animal welfare groups have petitioned Dublin City =20
Council to urgently review their banning of a hot-list of 11 dog =20
breeds from council properties.

Despite this, the council has moved to ban specific breeds of dogs =20
considered dangerous from council flats and houses.

And it says it will not change its mind.

Dog Training Ireland, which was yesterday joined animal welfare =20
groups and owners in a protest on the steps of the council offices on =20=

Dublin's Wood Quay, said the move was "misguided" and was taken =20
without consultation.

Many owners of dogs including German Shepherds, Rottweilers and =20
Doberman Pinschers, fear they may have to get rid of their pets.

Animal welfare group Anvil (Animals Need a Voice in Legislation) =20
Ireland touted this as "discrimination" against those living in =20
council accommodation.

Yesterday, the group began a move to ensure dogs were not needlessly =20
destroyed. urged people to write to Environment Minister John Gormley =20=

to turn down a countrywide ban.

The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) said =20
providing a microchipping and owner tracing service would be a better =20=

solution than an outright ban.

"We believe this is an infringement of civil liberties.

"It is a blanket-wide ban so it encompasses dogs who are not =20
aggressive," said Lisa Whelan, director of Dog Training Ireland.

As of last night, Dublin City Council will prosecute and convict =20
people who do not give up their dogs, she said. Ms Whelan said it =20
meant the dogs must be euthanised because with animal pounds =20
straining at the seams, re-homing was not an option.

James Kearney, Cabra, Dublin, who brought his white German Shepherd =20
'Shane', to the protest said he could not understand how anyone would =20=

legislate against the "intelligent" breed.

Paul Bannion, Artane, Dublin, said he was worried about losing =20
"family member" five-year-old German Shepherd 'Chloe'.

He said: "She is a member of the family. She is a thoroughbred. She =20
is registered with the Kennel Club, and microchipped.

"I have liability insurance on her up to =801.2m.

"She is walked always muzzled, always on the lead, and has never =20
caused any trouble."

Dublin City Council said the ban stood and it would not meet protest =20
groups.

Banned dogs: American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, =20
English Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Doberman Pinscher, German =20
Shepherd, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Japanese Akita, Japanese =20
Tosa and cross-breeds.

- Louise Hogan


=96Gail



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