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Owners reminded of legal duties to control pets
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22 Apr 2024 / ireland Print

Owners reminded of legal duties to control pets

Dog owners are reminded of their legal responsibilities in an awareness campaign launched today (22 April).

The campaign addresses the issue of attacks on people and livestock, and highlights measures to improve dog control and welfare.

Heather Humphreys (Minister for Rural and Community Development) launched the campaign, which is entitled ‘It’s not your dog’s fault, it’s yours’.

Under control

The goal is to change behaviour and to remind owners that they must always have their dog under control.

Minister Humphreys said: “Being a dog owner is a privilege, but it comes with a lot of responsibilities.

“We have seen far too many devastating attacks by dogs on people, especially young children, in recent times.

“I know the majority of dog owners are responsible and do the right thing. But we can all be guilty of thinking our dog wouldn’t hurt a fly.

“No matter how harmless a dog might seem, they can be capable of causing a lot of damage. Ultimately, as the campaign says: it’s not your dog’s fault, it’s yours.

“Dog owners must make sure their dog is under control at all times, not running wild endangering people, livestock or other dogs.

“I want this campaign to make people think twice about letting their dog loose and uncontrolled,” she said.

Marauding dogs

Charlie McConalogue (Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine) said that he was acutely aware of the devastation done to livestock by marauding dogs, causing terrible suffering to the animals, and both emotional and financial distress to farming families.

“I believe it is essential we have conversations about responsible dog ownership and illustrate the dangers of marauding dogs, protecting people and animals from dog attacks.

“Dogs are a great addition to a home and a family, but owners must provide for their welfare and wellbeing, taking their responsibilities seriously. Dog owners should ensure that their dog has regular visits to the vet, good nutritious food and water, exercise and mental stimulation,” he said.

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