Dog control measures most comprehensive and far reaching on these islands
Sinn Féin member of the Agriculture Committee , Pat Doherty MP MLA, has welcomed the bringing forward of new proposals for dog control. The proposals were outlined today from officials from the department of Agriculture and Rural development to the Assembly’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.
Speaking after the committee meeting Mr Doherty said:
“Unfortunately on a regular basis we see news of dog attacks on children or other peoples dogs. There is a well known list of dangerous dogs but the reality is any dog can be a dangerous dog if the it is not controlled, trained properly or kept under adequate supervision by the owner.
“What the Ministers proposals highlight is the need for owner responsibility. They will see changes to the system of dog licensing to enhance a wider and more flexible control regime for dogs, all dogs will be have to micro chipped, and increased penalties will apply for non compliance.
“We also see new powers for dog wardens and a new offence for dog on dog attacks.
“While the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and will have no opposition to any new laws there are unfortunately those who continue to abuse the system and do not adequately look after their dogs.
“I look forward to these proposals being publically consulted upon and advancing through the Committee and the Assembly in order to provide us with the most comprehensive and far reaching dog control proposals anywhere on these islands.”