Belfast City Council Finds Dog Attacks NOT by Dangerous Breeds

I've always considered the Irish to be a nation of intelligent folks. Heck, its the country of origin for any number of wonderful writers and...

Joy  |  Oct 20th 2006


Dog Attacks Not Limited To Specific Breeds

I’ve always considered the Irish to be a nation of intelligent folks. Heck, its the country of origin for any number of wonderful writers and thinkers like Jonathon Swift, just one among too many to mention. So what is going on there now? Here the Council says that they have all these horrible dog attacks but they aren’t by those dog breeds they’ve deemed dangerous. Yet, this article from the Belfast Telegraph makes it sound like they still are trying to control things by controlling pit bulls. Help me, Irish Dogsters. Why, if its NOT the four “bad” breeds causing all the trouble this Council can’t seem to understand that its NOT bad dogs, its BAD PEOPLE who have the dogs?

If anyone can shed some light on this I and a whole bunch of Dogsters would really appreciate the illumination!

Council demands dogs law review

By Emily Moulton

Belfast City Council has stepped up the call for a review of the current dangerous dogs legislation after it emerged none of the alleged dog attacks it has investigated were by a proscribed breed.

During 2005/2006 the council’s dog wardens investigated 135 alleged dog attacks, however none were by one of the four types of dogs considered to be a dangerous breed. Currently, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is undertaking a review of the legislation following a spate of horrific incidents earlier this year.

Belfast City Council wants the Government to provide greater clarity on the definition of dangerous dogs and examine whether councils are the most appropriate authority to enforce the Dangerous Dogs Order.

Environmental health manager John Corkey said Belfast City Council took its role extremely seriously, but highlighted the need for other authorities to stamp out the problem.

“The breeding and training of pit bull terriers for fighting often involves criminal elements so obviously there is a need for the PSNI to be involved as this is clearly a policing issue,” he explained.

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