Plan for campaign after vicious pitbull attacks

Marisa Reidy

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:36

KERRY County Council is planning to run an awareness campaign focussing on the Control of Dogs Act following two vicious pitbull attacks in the Tralee area in the past few weeks.

KERRY County Council is planning to run an awareness campaign focussing on the Control of Dogs Act following two vicious pitbull attacks in the Tralee area in the past few weeks.

At a meeting of Tralee Town Council on Monday night, former mayor Cllr Terry O'Brien, called on management to run such a campaign and provide telephone numbers for the public should they wish to make complaints.

The Labour councillor told the meeting that he had spoken with witnesses to the savage dog attack in Shanakill a number of weeks ago, who claimed that it was a miracle a child standing nearby had not been killed.

He said the local authority had a duty to the public to educate people on their responsibilities and suggested that both Tralee and Kerry County Council advertise numbers on their websites that the public can call if they see any dangerous breeds without a muzzle or not on an adequate lead.

"This is not the dog's fault. In fact it's the dogs that are suffering because of a lack of control and respect shown by the people breeding them," he said.

"We need to be seen leading the way on this. These are our parks, our streets and our beaches and and people should be able to walk around the town park in safety. What I was told about the incident in Shanakill was horrific and cannot be allowed to happen again."

A number of councillors supported Cllr O'Brien's motion, including Cllr Cathal Foley who said the council had a duty of care to act with due haste on the matter. Cllr Dan Galvin said that unless people are hit in their pockets and fined for breaches of the Control of Dog ACt, children will continue to be put at risk.

Town manager, Michael McMahon, said that while Tralee Town Council has no legal function in relation to the Control of Dogs Act, the authrity would wholeheartedly support Kerry County Council's plans to run an awareness campaign on the matter in the coming weeks.

Kerryman

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