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Claims that some authorities struggling to clamp down on dangerous dogs

Feb 12, 2024 08:23 By Shannonside News
Claims that some authorities struggling to clamp down on dangerous dogs
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According to the Irish Independent more than 1,500 dog attacks have been reported to Gardaí in the past two years.

It's claimed some local authorities are struggling to clamp down on dangerous dogs. That's despite a rise in dog attacks being reported to Gardaí. According to the Irish Independent more than 1,500 dog attacks have been reported to Gardaí in the past two years. In 2023 850 attacks were reported, including 430 on people, 240 on livestock and 180 on other animals.

On the spot fines for offences under the control of dogs act were increased from 100 to 300 euro last November, but despite that, local authorities say a lack of dog wardens are behind a lack of enforcement. The paper says 4 areas - Clare, Cavan, Longford and Westmeath, issued no fines last year. Others including Leitrim, Tipperary and Limerick issued only 1. However Wexford - the scene of an horrific dog attack on a young boy in in 2021 - issued 70 fines, while Cork county had 55 and Galway country issued 40 fines last year.

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