Dog microchipping, licensing and enforcement are being stepped up amid a government crackdown on dog controls after a schoolboy was mauled by a pit bull.
Lejandro Miszan (9), of Old Forge Road, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was attacked by an XL bully dog while playing near his home on November 27.
He was flown to Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin, where he is being treated for serious injuries.
After the attack, the government is planning a massive crackdown on dog controls.
The move will see tougher laws on microchipping, licensing and enforcement Irish Independent understands.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has tasked Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue with looking into tightening dog controls.
Mr McConalogue has written to other ministers asking for help as several departments have different responsibilities when it comes to dog control.
He has written to Social Protection and Rural Affairs Secretary Heather Humphreys as the Dog Control Act falls within her rural area.
Meanwhile, Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien is responsible for the local councils, which oversee the enforcement and enforcement of dog controls through the issuance of licenses.
Mr McConalogue’s own department oversees the microchipping of dogs.
Last April, the Department for Rural and Community Development published an overview of dog control policies in Ireland.
The department noted that breed-targeting policies alone would not improve dog control and advised further promoting a culture of responsible dog ownership.
It said the restricted breed list, “although not perfect”, had played a role in controlling dogs as it was a clear, understandable tool that local authorities could use to ensure certain dogs were muzzled and on a leash be led.
The department also said it intends to amend the list to include the Presa Canario breed after a woman died following an attack in Co Galway in 2017.
Meanwhile, Mr McConalogue will today announce record funding for nearly 100 animal welfare charities as part of his second annual Animal Welfare Day.
Funding will be announced at an event in Farmleigh, Dublin.
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