A rogue’s gallery of dangerous dogs was presented to councillors last week, after Cllr Noel Tuohy asked for a report on the operation and enforcement of the Dog Warden Service.
Cllr Noel Tuohy said he has seen two incidents in Portlaoise recently where restricted breed dogs were not wearing muzzles.
“One was outside the my grandson’s playschool. There was a rotweillier with no muzzle on and the young girl walking him was able able to control him.
“There is another guy who walks around with the muzzle on his shoulder and nothing on the dog.”
The Dog Warden said he received 561 dog related complaints last year, while 257 dogs were dealt with in the pound. Almost 200 dogs were reclaimed or re-homed, while another 130 dogs were reported to the dog pound as found, but the person opted to keep them.
Anyone found leading a dog without a muzzle will receive a warning. An on the spot fine of €100 may be issued, but usually on a second offence.
“We all know of incidents or near incidents, I fully support this motion,” Cllr Caroline Dwane-Stanley said.
Cllr Tom Mulhall reminded the meeting that the lambing season was starting and for people to make sure their dogs were not out roaming the fields.
“There is nothing as bad as to see a lamb being torn assunder,” he said.