the sunday times did an investigative report awhile ago of this 'facility'
VETERINARY IRELAND, the representative body for veterinary surgeons in Ireland, has called for the introduction of legislation banning the practice of “tail docking” of puppies.
Louth County Council yesterday confirmed it intends to stop using the captive bolt system of putting down stray and dangerous dogs, but a spokeswoman said a switch to more humane methods could not be made overnight. Animal welfare supporters protested outside the council's offices yesterday at the use of the bolt gun,describing it as inhumane, and called for the closure of the pound.
The Alliance for Animal Rights says that once the campaign to replace the dog pound in Louth is complete, it will focus on Monaghan and Kerry where, they say, bolt guns are also used to kill unwanted dogs.
``We want a new system that includes veterinary services, finding new homes and sterilizing,'' said press officer Bernie Wright.
June 22, 2009 by Alison Green
Derry City Council recommend more breeds be added to Draconian Dogs Legislation: Northern Ireland council, Derry City Council have released an annual service plan for the next 12 months, which includes the recommendation of more breeds being added to their version of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA), the Dangerous Dogs (NI) Order 1991. The Dangerous Dogs (NI) Order 1991 (DDO) is very similar to the DDA in England, Wales and Scotland however has no provision for a dog that may fit “type” to be exempted, meaning any dog deemed type is automatically destroyed.
The new plan claims that other breeds such as the German Shepherd, Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher should be restricted and forced to be leashed and muzzled in public under provisions within the Order to add breeds or types not currently covered. The same provision to add new breeds or types is also included in the DDA and although Defra claim to have no plans to add breeds or types they do state it is always under review.
Should the recommendation be acted on, the restrictions would bring Northern Ireland more in line with Southern Ireland which already requires the leashing and muzzling of American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Doberman pinscher, English Bull Terrier, German Shepard (Alsation), Japanese Akita, Japanese Tosa, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and to every dog of the type commonly known as the Ban Dog (or Bandog) and to every other strain or cross of every breed or type of dog described. It will however retain the ban and mandatory destruction in relation to the American Pit bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and the Fila Brasiliero.
The plan also suggests fines for straying; licensing and identification offences should be significantly increased with the income from such fines being reinvested back into dog control activities by the council.
In order for the recommendation to be acted upon the DDO states “the Department shall consult with such persons or bodies as appear to it to have relevant knowledge or experience, including a body concerned with animal welfare, a body concerned with veterinary science and practice and a body concerned with breeds of dogs.” These are likely to include the Irish Kennel club and the USPCA.
UK based anti BSL group DDA Watch suggest those opposed to the potential adding of breeds or types to any part of the DDO start now to voice their concerns by writing to the relevant parties. For more information or if you would like to use a template letter please email email@example.com
Alison is a long time dog owner and dangerous dog legislation observer who lives with her family and four Bull Breed dogs in Sussex. - See this author's webpage