There is a growing sense of unease in Dublin about the state of dog ownership, and a push for a bill to ban dogs from being left at homes and parks.
Dublin City Council has agreed to consider a proposal to ban dog ownership from all public places, including parks and cemeteries, within the city.
The proposal will be considered in the first of three phases, with a final vote expected by the end of the year.
The proposals comes as a report commissioned by the city found that the number of dogs being killed in Ireland has increased by a third in the last decade, and that the breed has a significant impact on the welfare of the city’s animals.
Dublins Animal Welfare Board has said the legislation will address the growing number of animals in Dublin who are being left in unsuitable conditions.
The council’s Animal Welfare Commissioner, Mary O’Donnell, said that it would be the responsibility of the government to look after the welfare and wellbeing of dogs.
However, a new poll published in The Irish Sun showed that a large majority of people in the capital would be opposed to the idea of a ban.
The survey, commissioned by Dublin City Council, found that 75 per cent of respondents said that the city should ban dogs, while 13 per cent said that they were not opposed to such a ban, while seven per cent were unsure.
Dubois Councillor, Peter Doyle, said: “It is absolutely unacceptable that in our city we are seeing dogs dying on the streets, and yet we are putting these animals into a situation where they are killed and then placed in a casket or in a cage.”
This will put the animals in a position where they cannot have any future.
“I think it is time to put a ban on this.”
People should be able to own a dog, and we need to do the right thing here in Dublin.
“The Irish Times contacted the city council, but was told it was too early to comment.