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Irish Kennel Club formulates plan to fight breed ban
official statement by the IKC

The Irish Kennel Club is shocked and horrified at the sudden implementation of the Dublin City Council ban on certain breeds of dog owned by tenants of Dublin City Council properties.

A meeting was held on Thursday 12th July 2007 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel attended by members of the Board of Directors of the Irish Kennel Club and representatives of the Breed Clubs of the listed breeds that are recognised by the Irish Kennel Club i.e. Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dobermann Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian), Akita, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler and Bullmastiff. Mr Jim Cahill, General Manager of DSPCA also attended and addressed the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to formulate a plan and long-term response to the imminent Dublin City Council breed ban. The IKC wishes to address the genuine problems being experienced by councils by dogs out of control and owned by irresponsible people, in a way that will not cause unnecessary suffering to law abiding citizens and their well behaved pets. The meeting fully endorsed the DSPCA’s generous and practical offer to the council to microchip and record on their data base free of charge all of the listed breeds and all crosses of these breeds owned by council tenants, this will go a long way to making the owners of these dogs responsible for their dogs actions. This will enable our enforcement agencies to implement the more than adequate legislation already on the statute books.

As a long-term solution the IKC proposes to continue to educate dog owners in the care and welfare and control of their dogs. All dogs registered with the IKC since January 2006 are micro chipped and registered on our database. Based on this positive experience, which ensures the permanent identification of dogs, we would urge the Government to extend compulsory microchipping to all dogs, which the IKC would be prepared to include on their database.

The IKC intends to encourage owners to become more responsible by expanding their Good Citizen Dog Scheme. Training Classes are held on Tuesday evenings, at 8 p.m. in the National Show Centre, Cloghran, Co. Dublin with basic obedience and socialisation classes. We intend to seek a meeting with the council to propose that dogs that are microchipped and obtain the award of Good Citizen Dog would be exempt from the ban. We will also be seeking discussion meetings with Government departments to address the current problems.

Statistics have shown that breed specific legislation is not an adequate tool to deal with dog attacks, the focus should be on the owners and not the breed of dog. The people who will suffer most from this draconian move by the Dublin City Council will be innocent dog owners and their much loved dogs.

Susan Kealy
Public Relations Officer, Irish Kennel Club