The Department of Rural and Community Development is responsible for policy and legislation regarding dog control and dog breeding establishments.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., has recently highlighted the responsibilities of dog owners and the vulnerability of sheep to dog attacks, particularly during lambing season.
Why is this important?
Dog attacks cause real and serious injury to sheep and can have a negative impact, both financially and emotionally, on the farmers involved and their families.
Control of Dogs Act
While the vast majority of dog owners act responsibility, the issue of animals being attacked has been raised in many parts of the country. Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986
, it is the responsibility of dog owners to ensure that they are in control of their dogs at all times.