A judge ordered the barking dog to be handed over to a local dog handler for repeatedly disturbing a neighbour.
Ennis District Court, Judge Mary Larkin directed Geraldine O’Loughlin to hand over her “German Shepherd Breed” dog to a canine handler.
She executed this order at the request of Ms. O’Loughlin’s neighbor, Shane Shannon of Gort Road, Ennis, under laws relating to dog control.
Judge Larkin concluded that the barking was “essentially interfering with Shannon’s life”.
She made the order under a little-known provision of the Dog Control Act of 1986, in which a judge can order the removal of nuisance caused by “excessive barking” of an “unresponsive dog”. desire”.
As proof, Mr. Shannon said that “the big dog barked as long as I was there and that was 11 years”.
He said the dog’s barking went on all day “for a period of two and a half hours at a time”.
“The dog barks hundreds of times a day,” he said.
Mr Shannon said he spoke to Ms O’Loughlin about the dog but the barking continued.
Responding to his concerns, Mr. Shannon said Ms. O’Loughlin told him “that’s what dogs do. Surely it does any harm?”
He told the court: “She laughed in my face.”
Mr. Shannon said he works as a gardener and has a barn at the end of the garden. However, he was forced to give up his job there due to the constant barking of dogs from the garden next door.
He said the dog met the definition of an “unwanted dog” under the Act stating the dog “didn’t have much affection and I would say it was lonely and uncared for”.
“Honestly, hearing such an animal is extremely upsetting. He is fed twice a day as food is thrown out the back door for him. I never heard anyone play with the dog or say hello to the dog,” he said.
Mr. Shannon said the dog has never been taken out of the garden in the past 11 years and is never brought into the house.
Asked by Judge Larkin what the dog’s name was, Mr Shannon said: “I’ve never heard the dog called by its name or heard of anyone being nice to the dog.”
At the start of the case, Judge Larkin said the court registrar received an email from Ms O’Loughlin informing her that she would not be going to court because the dog had been knocked down.
However, Mr Shannon said he wanted to settle the case by saying: “I don’t believe anything she says.”
After hearing Shannon’s evidence, Judge Larkin ordered the dog to be handed over to a dog handler for his disposal under the Dog Control Act because it was an unwanted dog.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/court-orders-barking-dog-be-surrendered-to-dog-warden-after-neighbour-complains-of-disturbance-41404044.html Court orders the barking dog to be handed over to a dog handler after neighbors complained about the disturbance