Judge rules Roscommon dog 'Kim' won't be put down following biting incident

Oct 14, 2022 12:10 By Shannonside News
Judge rules Roscommon dog 'Kim' won't be put down following biting incident Judge rules Roscommon dog 'Kim' won't be put down following biting incident
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The dog was due to be taken to be destroyed following a decision by a District Court Judge earlier this year.

A Circuit Court judge has agreed that a destruction order on a Jack Russell which bit a woman out for a walk in Roscommon in March be stayed if a number of conditions can be met by its owner.

‘Kym’ made global headlines earlier this year after a Roscommon District Court judge ordered the dog be put to sleep after an incident involving a woman out for a walk near Strokestown.

The dog’s owner, Donal Rogers, launched a number of legal appeals against the decision and even gained the support of comedian Ricky Gervais and actor Kate Beckinsale in his efforts to save his pet from destruction.


This week Judge Karen Fergus agreed to a stay on the destruction order, subject to a number of conditions, with the case adjourned for a period of several weeks in order to allow Kym’s 85-year-old owner to put in place several agreed measures. was one of the first media outlets to highlight the case and its editor, John McGurk told the Joe Finnegan Show what is expected to happen now to allow Kym continue living with her owner:

"The Judge basically stayed the execution order and said the dog will not be put down, pending Donal doing a number of things. These include paying compensation to the complainant in the case and her legal costs in a total of €6500, and also putting up a fence around his property to keep the dog in, promising to keep the dog on a lead if it was outside or muzzled if it was off his property. Pending those conditions, if they are met within the next four weeks, Donal and Kym will be allowed stay together until death do them part."

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