Wednesday, 27 June 1990
Dáil Éireann Debate
204. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment 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.
219. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment 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.
205. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment 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): 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.
Minister for the Environment (Mr. 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|
|(9 months April — December)||(12 months)|
|County Tipperary NR||2,156||—||4,856||3|
|County Tipperary SR||4,489||7||5,096||9|
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.
Minister for the Environment (Mr. 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:
|Local Authority Area||Number of dog wardens employed||Number of dog shelters operated|
|County Carlow||Shared with County Kilkenny||Shared with County Kilkenny|
|(15 part time)||(15 part time)|
|County Dublin||3||3||2 (shared)||1 (shared)|
|(2 part time)||(part time)|
|Limerick C.B.||Shared with County Limerick||Shared with County Limerick|
|County Sligo||Shared with County Leitrim||Shared with County Leitrim|
|County Tipperary NR||0||1||0||1|
|County Tipperary SR||1||1||1||1|
|Waterford C.B.||Shared with County Waterford||Shared with County Waterford|
|(18 part time)||(21 part time)|
223. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment 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.
225. Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for the Environment 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.
Minister for the Environment (Mr. 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:
|Local Authority area||(11 months)||(11 months)||(11 months)||(11 months)|
|County Carlow — see Kilkenny|
|Dun Laoghaire Borough||84||484||—||157||30||36||54||605|
|County Kilkenny (with Carlow)||110||278||1,155||663||11||18||1,254||923|
|County Tipperary NR||—||139||—||47||—||10||—||176|
|County Tipperary SR||506||544||300||350||11||20||795||874|
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