Sunday 25 August 2019

Planned new dog control laws welcomed

Bill Browne

A proposed review of legislation relating to the control of dogs has been welcomed by Cork East TD Kevin O'Keeffe (FF), who has urged the public to have their say on the issue.

"The legislated needs to be reviewed and updated both in terms of care for dogs and public safety. An area I am pursuing is the mandatory DNA recording of dogs through the use of a chip, which would help with the issue of dog fouling resulting in cleaner streets, parks and beaches," said Deputy O'Keeffe. 

He said the announcement by the Department of Rural and Community Development of a public consultation process into the issue was welcome and was an important opportunity for groups and individuals to make their own suggestions. 

"There are 10 questions on the consultation document and I strongly encourage interested parties to make a written submission or comments on the questions asked," he said.

"These can be emailed to or post to the Dog Control Unit, Department of Rural and Community Development, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co Mayo F26 E8N6 by Friday, September 6".