In the run-up to Galway’s 2020 stint as European Capital of Culture, it seems as though they’re keeping people on a tight leash, with talk last month of banning kickabout soccer and dogs being off leashes in any of the city’s 36 parks.

Now it would seem they’re trying bring some more of the city’s hounds to heel.

The Dog Academy Galway writes:

This is an emotional plea from all of (our) staff and dogs to dog owners everywhere. Galway City Council has proposed bylaws which forbid all restricted breeds from being in public (whether or not they are on lead). This means that all of these beautiful dogs, and many more of their kind will be imprisoned in their houses and gardens and it will be illegal for them to go on walks. Please have your feelings on this matter heard by emailing parks@galwaycity.ie

Ruff guesses, anyone?

Dog Academy Galway

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14 thoughts on “Barking

  1. Starina

    that’s absolutely enraging.

    How about we put bad dog owners under permanent house arrest instead of implementing what is essentially cruel treatment of dogs.

  2. Barry the Hatchet

    That is utter bullsh*t and completely unworkable. The council can’t force people to commit fupping animal cruelty.

  3. Friscondo

    Anyone that would want to own a restricted breed is exactly the sort of person who shouldn’t be let near one. Ban all of them, I say. There’re all selectively bred for their aggression/ferocity, originally. Certainly not to be trusted with the sort of slackjaws and Neanderthals you invariably see them with.

    1. sqoid

      It must be wonderfully comforting to think in such absolutes and not have to burden yourself with the difficulty of reasoned or nuanced thinking.

      1. Friscondo

        Like the nuanced savaging so many children have suffered as a result of these breeds, often resulting in death. I have no idea why someone would want to own a dangerous restricted breed, other than deep personal insecurity. A bit like gun owning in US. I own a dog and have children. I shudder whenever I see some idiot out with one of these breeds.

        1. sqoid

          14 Child deaths by dogs in the US in 2015. 14 absolute tragedies but by the way people go on about it you’d think there was a pitbull mauling happening daily.

          I adopted my restricted breed because of his intelligence, friendliness, obedience, responsiveness to training, size and his damn beautiful coat.

          Owners of restrictive breeds do have an increased responsibility to properly train, handle and control their dogs, because the consequences are higher. Blanket breed-specific legislation is ill considered and completely futile for the single indisputable fact that in many cases breed can not be accurately determined. It also fails to put in any protections against bad ownership of other large breeds not on the naughty list.

          Your blanket judgement of people and simplification of their motivations says more about yourself than any of my fellow slackjaws and our possible insecurities

  4. Pixxyman

    Restricted breeds in Ireland
    must be kept on a short strong lead by a person over 16 years who is capable of controlling them.
    These dogs (or strains and crosses of them) must be muzzled whenever they are in a public place.
    These dogs (or strains and crosses of them) must wear a collar bearing the name and address of their owner at all times.

    I’d say for every 20 restricted breed dog I see, 1 might be muzzled and not every person holding the lead would be able to control the dog if it took a disliking to another dog. As this stuff is never enforced, i can’t see how they will prevent these dogs from being let out for walks.

    How about more dog parks in Galway and more dog litter bins. It makes my heart sink when I see a bag of dog poo hung on a railing or tree.. you’ve made the effort to pick it up, don’t just leave it hanging around..

    1. sqoid

      I actually can not remember the last time I saw a restricted breed with a muzzle on.
      Last few dogs I saw with any restraints on their mouths were retriever type dogs with that strap thing forcing the mouth shut.
      With such low rates of compliance to existing laws why aren’t we seeing Vets, animal charities, doctors or the Gardai calling for enforcement or new legislation to address dangerous dog bites.

      I can not for the life of me understand what the thought process is that could lead to someone hanging bags of dog shit around.

  5. Kieran NYC

    Knee-jerk response always seems to be to ban something, to be seen to be Doing Something, whether or not it will actually help with the problem.

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