Written Answers. - Control of Dogs Act.

Wednesday, 27 June 1990

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 400 No. 5

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  204.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of persons who have been found guilty of an offence under section 9 (2) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986 as a result of their dogs worrying livestock.

  206.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of persons found liable for injury or damage under section 21 (1) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

  207.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of persons disqualified from keeping a dog under section 18 (1) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

  208.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of persons found guilty of an offence under section 18 (3) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

  210.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of Court Orders which have issued under section 22 (1) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

  215.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of search warrants issued under section 26 (1) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

  216.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of court orders made under section 25 (1) (a) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

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  217.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of court orders made under section 25 (1) (b) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

  218.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of court orders made under section 25 (1) (c) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

  219.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of persons who have been charged and the number who have found guilty of an offence under section 16 (3) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  I propose to take Questions Nos. 204, 206, 207, 208, 210, 215, 216, 217, 218 and 219 together.

While information on the operation of the Act generally is being collected from local authorities, the information requested is not available in my Department.

  205.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of persons who have been charged and the number of persons who have been found guilty of an offence under section 2 (1) (a) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  The only statistics available in my Department on prosecutions under the 1986 Act are for the year 1988 and these are inclusive figures relating to the Act as a whole. The statistics have been compiled from data furnished by local authorities.During the course of 1988, 167 prosecutions were taken under the Act and 100 convictions were secured. During that year a total of 2,105 fine-on-the-spot notices relating to offences under the Act were issued, of which 935 were paid. Corresponding statistics for 1989 are expected to be available within a few weeks and a copy will be sent to the Deputy.

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  209.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the bye-laws made by each local authority under section 17 (1) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, since 1986.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  No such by-laws have been made.

  211.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of dog licences which have been issued by each local authority for each year since 1986.

[1142]Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  The licensing provisions of the Control of Dogs At, 1986, did not come into operation until 1 April 1987 and the available statistics relate only to the period after that date. Returns for the year 1989 are not yet available but are expected to be completed within a few weeks. A copy will be sent to the Deputy. Following is a tabular statement, compiled from data furnished by local authorities, of the numbers of dog licences and general dog licences issued in each local authority area in 1987, final nine months, and in 1988:

Local authority area Dog Licences General dog licences Dog licences General dog licences
1987 1988
(9 months April — December) (12 months)
County Carlow 1,250 1,166
County Cavan 2,684 6 4,197 11
County Clare 3,960 4,053
Cork C.B. 2,866 3,278 6
County Cork 20,646 37 22,646 45
County Donegal 4,370 6,985
Dublin C.B. 6,166 9,003
County Dublin 7,905 1 7,579
Dún Laoghaire 1,225 1,579
Galway C.B. 495 1,115
County Galway 4,780 7,817
County Kerry 10,526 2 13,045 2
County Kildare 3,083 2 3,155 3
County Kilkenny 2,790 3 2,733 4
County Laois 2,028 2,952
County Leitrim 1,331 2,219
Limerick C.B. 1,884 1 2,968 1
County Limerick 6,084 4 10,697 20
County Longford 994 1,325 1
County Louth 2,071 1 2,069 3
County Mayo 5,854 7,108
County Meath 2,895 3 2,617 4
County Monaghan 1,737 2 2,148 2
County Offaly 2,400 3,660
County Roscommon 2,126 4,023 1
County Sligo 2,377 3,329
County Tipperary NR 2,156 4,856 3
County Tipperary SR 4,489 7 5,096 9
Waterford C.B. 829 899
County Waterford 2,720 2,979 4
County Westmeath 1,868 3 2,649 2
County Wexford 4,346 4 2,911 3
County Wicklow 4,022 2 4,718 2
Totals 124,957 78 157,574 126

  212.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of individual dog licences which have been issued by each local authority in 1989.

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  213.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of general dog licences which have been issued by each local authority in 1989.

  214.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of dogs which were reclaimed or rehoused in 1989.

  226.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of dogs destroyed under section 11 (4) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

  228.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of dogs seized and detained in 1989 under section 1 (1) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  I propose to take Questions Nos. 212, 213, 214, 226 and 228 together.

Statistical returns on the operation of certain aspects of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, are compiled and published annually by my Department from data furnished by local authorities. The returns for 1989 are not yet available but are expected to be completed within a few weeks. A copy will be forwarded to the Deputy.

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  220.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of dog shelters which have been provided by each local authority under section 15 (2) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986 since 1986.

  221.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of persons employed as dog wardens, since 1986, by each local authority under section 15 (1) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  I propose to take Questions Nos. 220 and 221 together. Statistics on the numbers of dog wardens employed by local authorities and the numbers of dog shelters operated by them as at 31 December 1988, based on data furnished by the local authorities, are set out in the tabular statement which follows. Statistics for 1989 are expected to be available within a few weeks and a copy will be sent to the Deputy. The figures are inclusive of dog wardens employed and shelters provided for the purposes of the 1986 Act by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals pursuant to arrangements made with local authorities under section 15 (3) of the Act. Following is the statement:

[1145][1146]Local Authority Area Number of dog wardens employed Number of dog shelters operated
1987 1988 1987 1988
County Carlow Shared with County Kilkenny Shared with County Kilkenny
County Cavan 1 1 1 1
County Clare 1 1 1 1
County Cork 16 16 1 1
(15 part time) (15 part time)
Cork C.B. 1 1 1 1
(part time)
County Donegal 1 1 1 1
County Dublin 3 3 2 (shared) 1 (shared)
Dublin C.B. 2 2
Dún Laoghaire 1 1
County Galway 0 3 0 3
(part time)
Galway C.B. 0 1 0 1
County Kerry 3 3 1 1
(2 part time) (part time)
County Kildare 1 1 1 1
County Kilkenny 1 1 1 1
County Laois 1 1 1 1
County Leitrim 1 1 1 1
County Limerick 2 2 1 1
Limerick C.B. Shared with County Limerick Shared with County Limerick
County Longford 1 1 1 1
County Louth 1 1 1 1
County Mayo 1 1 0 0
County Meath 1 1 1 1
County Monaghan 1 1 1 1
County Offaly 0 2 0 1
County Roscommon 1 1 1 1
County Sligo Shared with County Leitrim Shared with County Leitrim
County Tipperary NR 0 1 0 1
County Tipperary SR 1 1 1 1
County Waterford 1 1 1 1
Waterford C.B. Shared with County Waterford Shared with County Waterford
County Westmeath 0 0 1 1
County Wexford 1 1 1 2
County Wicklow 1 1 1 1
Totals 45 52 23 29
(18 part time) (21 part time)

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  222.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of dogs seized since 1986 by a member of the Garda Síochána under section 14 (2) (a) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

  223.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of dogs seized by local authority dog wardens in each local authority, since 1986 under section 14 (1) (a) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

  244.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of stray dogs seized and delivered to dog wardens, since 1986, under Section 13 (2) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

  225.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of unwanted dogs accepted by local authorities since 1986 and the number of these which have been disposed of or destroyed under section 12 (1) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

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  227.  Mr. Gilmore  Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn   the number of dogs seized and detained, since 1986, under section 11 (2) of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  I propose to take Questions Nos. 222, 223, 224, 225 and 227 together. The dog control provisions of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, did not come into operation until 1 February 1987 and the available statistics relate to the period after that date. Returns for the year 1989 are not yet available but are expected to be completed within a few weeks. A copy will be sent to the Deputy.

Separate statistics are not available in relation to seizures, etc., of dogs under particular provisions of the Act and the statistics do not distinguish between seizures of dogs by dog wardens and by members of the Garda Síochána or, as respects their subsequent fate, between dogs seized and dogs surrendered by their owners. Following is a statement, compiled from data furnished by local authorities, which sets out the numbers of dogs seized, surrendered, etc., in each local authority area in 1987, final 11 months, and in 1988:

[1149][1150] Seized Surrendered Rehomed-Reclaimed Destroyed
1987 1988 1987 1988 1987 1988 1987 1988
Local Authority area (11 months) (11 months) (11 months) (11 months)
County Carlow — see Kilkenny
County Cavan 141 388 282 279 36 423 631
County Clare 184 696 452 503 9 64 627 1,135
Cork C.B. 338 634 502 677 101 299 739 1,012
County Cork 450 1,400 2 12 448 1,388
County Donegal 103 575 304 3 20 100 859
Dublin C.B. 1,192 1,408 160 541 116 360 1,236 1,589
County Dublin 2,876 2,976 810 290 184 349 3,502 2,917
Dun Laoghaire Borough 84 484 157 30 36 54 605
Galway C.B. 183 50 22 211
County Galway 331 20 9 342
County Kerry 333 400 2,550 3,529 10 39 2,873 3,890
County Kildare 467 188 76 579
County Kilkenny (with Carlow) 110 278 1,155 663 11 18 1,254 923
County Laois 141 202 15 165 1 50 155 317
County Leitrim 40 263 40 263
Limerick C.B. 264 645 287 789 96 31 455 1,403
County Limerick 340 281 364 489 96 89 608 681
County Longford 68 129 100 6 20 11 148 124
County Louth 246 243 1,257 1,250 16 30 1,487 1,463
County Mayo 626 630 21 465 3 2 644 1,093
County Meath 274 990 553 160 22 56 805 1,094
County Monaghan 209 659 29 283 5 19 233 923
County Offaly 282 6 11 277
County Roscommon 32 225 40 401 1 35 71 591
County Sligo 87 307 92 310 4 19 175 598
County Tipperary NR 139 47 10 176
County Tipperary SR 506 544 300 350 11 20 795 874
Waterford C.B. 599 780 879 43 86 58 1,392 765
County Waterford with 280 with 573 with 35 with 818
city city city city
County Westmeath 40 1,200 65 1,175
County Wexford 1,142 800 380 160 43 4 1,479 956
County Wicklow 387 418 840 586 15 38 1,212 966
Totals 10,772 18,077 11,068 14,484 885 1,923 20,955 30,638


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