Friday, July 13, 2007

Common Sense mght just prevail.

Woo hoo. For once some common sense is beginning to rear it's rare head.

"THE DSPCA has offered to microchip and neuter at cost all dogs banned by Dublin City Council as an alternative to forcing dog owners to get rid of their family pets.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said providing a microchipping and owner-tracing service was a far better solution than an outright ban on specific breeds.

It is offering to microchip all 10 breeds and cross-breeds on the list for a nominal €6 fee and maintain a database of microchipped dogs and their owners on behalf of Dublin City Council tenants.

Each dog will also be given a collar disc that includes details of the microchip implant so that dog wardens supplied with a microchip scanner can immediately identify any potentially dangerous dog that is roaming around or is otherwise a threat to the public, said DSPCA general manager Jimmy Cahill.

The service, which would normally cost more than €50 through a veterinarian, will be provided through the DSPCA's mobile clinic, which will also provide a subsidised neutering scheme for the listed dogs. "I think it's a reasonable solution. The offer is there and we're willing to help," Mr Cahill said.

The controversial ban has led to the DSPCA and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals being flooded with calls from angry and distraught dog owners who are devastated with the prospect of having to get rid of their family pets or face eviction.

Both animal welfare groups, as well as the Irish Kennel Club, are opposed to the ban and have requested an emergency meeting with Dublin City Manager John Tierney to either reconsider the ban or consider their microchipping offer.

They are also urging dog owners not to put down or give away their dogs until a compromise can be reached.

They argue that while vicious dogs are a threat to the public, the ban on specific breeds will do little to prevent irresponsible owners from continuing to use fighting dogs as weapons.

The microchipping scheme, coupled with mandatory registration of dog owners, would allow dog wardens to trace all potentially dangerous dogs to their owners.

The scheme would also readily distinguish responsible pet owners from the thugs who purposely train or abuse their dogs to be aggressive in order to use them as weapons, he added.

Yet despite the public outcry that has followed the ban, the city council is sticking to its guns despite some reports to the contrary, a council spokesman confirmed last night.

All existing and new council tenants who own a dog on the list are required to put down or rehouse their dog as a condition of their tenancy, he said.

"The dogs are banned and where we receive complaints the dog warden will be summoned," he added.

The banned dogs include: American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd (Alsatian), Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Japanese Akita and Japanese Tosa."

The ball is your court Council Dude Tierney, make sure you lob it back.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morning neighbour, yippee my moggies are chipped I wonder if you still have to get one of those collars for them, there both against collars and just take them off, but if it has to be done, I’m going to ring them. Do you know if there still going to ban them from public parks?

10:27 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Mornin' Toots, don't know much more than the article says yet,we'll have to wait and see if the council accepts the proposal.
My cats are all chipped too, but no collars. I think collars on cats are dangerous if your cats toddles about out doors, considering all the places they like to climb through and under. Easy for them to get snagged.

10:38 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hell no am I putting collars on the cats, Señor Tollie Bam Bowlie would wreck the place, the doggies will just have gin and bare it, alas I hope the council accept that, I hope they don't ban it in parks Floyd comes jogging with me, I was afraid to bring him all week & now he is in a depression.

10:54 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

What type of dog is Floyd?

11:04 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is an Alsation I got him and his lazy ass brother Tubber (he sits down as soon as he see's the lead)from the DSPCA when they where three, Floyd is extremly fit but an absolute gentleman and never walks or runs ahead of you.

11:17 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Lovely. I don't know if the ban is in place yet for public parks, as far as I know nothing had been written in stone, again just yet. Fingers crossed.

11:19 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I was to put a mussel on him people would automatically think he was vicious, no even beach to bring to as all dogs are banned from most beaches, think I best avoid them all for the time being. Cheers for the update!

12:01 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Thanks for the update, FMC. This is much more sensible.

3:03 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

We thinkso, but we'll see how the council respond.

3:21 p.m.  
Blogger Eolaí gan Fhéile said...

I don't have a lot of faith in a council that came out with such idiotic nonsense in the first place to now adopt something as sensible as this.

I do however have a chipped Jack Russell, which I will be bringing home to Ireland in the near future. And you're absolutely right about them compared to some of the dogs on the (to be) banned list like Alsatians. The responsibility is mine.

Thanks for the update. I'll keep watching.

6:57 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Eolaí, good luck with the move. Make sure you dot every i and cross every t. I brought my cats in from Spain years ago with all their paper work up to date and yet some how the vet held them in Lissonhall over night while he checked a insignificent date. Nightmare.
I'll keep you posted on the Council shennanigans.

7:16 p.m.  
Blogger Fat Sparrow said...

I used to put collars on my cats, as I belled them to keep them from nacking on the birdies, but having to buy a new collar every week for the little escape artists was seriously putting a dent in my beer and whiskey fund. The bells didn't matter, anyway, the cats still kept munching up the birds.

Everyone should have their pets chipped and neutered/spayed, anyway.

It always amazes me when people totally freak out out over a few bad eggs and want to immediately ban things. I mean, the people who are doing the bad/irresponsible things aren't following the laws, anyways, so obviously it's completely logical to punish the law-abiding and responsible people (says she, dripping with sarcasm). Lawmakers should just enforce the laws that are on the books, already, and they should quit thinking they're being helpful by frothing over the issue-of-the-moment.

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