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Dog owner tried to set Rottweiler on gardai

A DOG owner who threatened to set his Rottweiler on gardai and council wardens who were trying to seize the animal has been jailed for two months.

John Cash (28) hurled abuse at officers and dog wardens in a disturbance at his house.

Cash, of Labra Park, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to a charge of breach of the peace in the incident.

Garda David Sweetman said the incident happened on September 16, 2010. He was called when Dublin City Council wardens said they felt intimidated while trying to seize the dog.

Cash issued threats to the staff and gardai and "tried to set the dog" on them.

The court heard the Rottweiler was unleashed in the hallway of the house and "didn't want to come out".

"He felt very strongly about the fact that the dog was going to be seized," defence solicitor Peter Mullan said.

Cash had 53 previous convictions for offences such as burglary and violent behaviour in a garda station.

He had five for public order offences.

Asked if he felt under threat at the time, the garda said: "Not really, it was more for the sake of the members of the public who were there".

Mr Mullan asked the judge to consider imposing a suspended sentence.

The judge refused, but reduced an initial three-month sentence to two months.