Dozens of dog attacks are reported to local councils each year


Hundreds of dog attacks on people and other animals have been reported to councils over the past five years.

numbers provided Irish Independent from county councils show that dozens of attacks take place each year, affecting a range of breeds – including those not on the restricted breeds list.

Compared to the population of different counties and the number of licensed dog owners, the number of attacks is relatively small. In some areas, the number of attacks on humans equals or exceeds that on other dogs or other animals.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in Dublin registered 273 attacks between 2016 and 2021, including 135 on people.

The latest figures from the Department for Rural and Local Development show that 200,000 individual permits were issued in 2020, compared to 212,000 in 2019.

With a population of 218,000, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has one of the lowest rates of license holders with 4,760 individual licenses issued in 2020, or 2.18 per 100 people.

Attacks on humans recorded in the last five years were of unspecified breeds (57), terriers (12), German shepherd (8), Jack Russell (6), collie (5) and bulldog (5).

Other breeds that attack humans 5 times or less are Labrador (5), Greyhound (4), American Pitbull (4), Husky (2), Shih Tzu (1), Golden Retriever (1), Pug (1), Poodle (1) and Chihuahuas (1).

Dozens of unspecified breeds attacked other dogs, sheep, cats and deer, while American pit bulls were involved in 10 attacks, German shepherds (6) and lurchers, springers and huskies were involved in others.

In Ireland, laws introduced in 1998 placed restrictions on 11 different dog breeds including Rottweilers, German Shepherds (Alsatians), English Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Japanese Akitas, Japanese Tosas and any dog ​​that does are a cross from those on the list.

Restrictions include that the animals must be muzzled in public and held on a strong leash by a person over the age of 16.

Activists have tried to remove dogs from the list. However, farmers who have lost livestock and those who have been victims of dog attacks are calling for tighter controls on dogs – and not just those on the restricted list.

Tipperary County Council has received 206 complaints about alleged dog attacks since 2016.

A spokesman said some of the breeds reported were: “Jack Russell, Bulldog, Alsatian, Lurcher, Husky, Pitbull, German Shepherd, Greyhound, Japanese Akita, Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.”

Wexford County Council has a record of 53 attacks on people and 53 attacks on sheep in the last five years. “Most of the attacks involve restricted breeds such as Japanese Akitas, Alsatians, Rottweilers and Bull Terriers,” a spokesman said.

In Co Cork, with a population of 417,000 and where 30,000 dog licenses were issued in 2020, there were 288 reports of dog attacks on other animals between 2017 and 2021. During the same period, 388 attacks on humans were reported.

Leitrim County Council has recorded 20 attacks on humans, 31 on other dogs and 33 on livestock in the last five years.

“There are a variety of breed types involved in dog attacks in Leitrim including, but not limited to, collie, labrador, golden retriever, German shepherd, rottweiler, doberman, jack russell, terrier, Japanese Akita, foxhound, lurcher and mixed breed.” , a spokesman said.

A number of local authorities had no records of dog attacks, while others had no specific data on the breed involved.

Fingal County Council in Dublin recorded 755 reports of dog incidents from 2016 to 2021, including dog on person attacks, dog on dog attacks, dog barking and stray dogs.

“Fingal County Council does not independently record dog attack incidents and is therefore unable to provide the requested statistics,” added a spokesperson.

Offaly County Council said it had recorded one attack in the last five years, which happened in 2018. “The attack involved two pit bull-type dogs on a King Charles Spaniel-type dog. The pit bulls were then euthanized by their owner,” a spokesman said. Dozens of dog attacks are reported to local councils each year

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