Council employ two full-time dog wardens in the county

By Brendan Grehan

THERE are just two full-time dog wardens in South Dublin, reports Brendan Grehan.

At the Lucan Area Committee meeting of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Guss O’Connell put down a question asking for a report on the control of dogs in the Lucan Local Electoral Area.

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There are just two full-time dog wardens in South Dublin

He also asked how many dog wardens are available and if other “outdoor” staff could “be more actively involved in enforcing dog related bye laws”.

The Council replied that they employ two full-time Dog Wardens in the county. They said the Dog Wardens role is the enforcement of the Control of Dogs Act 1986 which involves responding to complaints about dogs, carrying out licence checks and seizing and collecting unwanted/stray dogs and removing them to the Dog Pound.

They added that the Bye-Laws for Parks and Open Spaces 2011 came into force on August 1 2011.

Section 4 of the Bye-Laws deals specifically with the control of dogs, while Section 8 and 9 deal with enforcement, penalties and fixed payment notices in relation to the contravention of any of the provisions of the Bye-Laws.

The Council said that Park Rangers as employees of the Council are authorised to enforce the SDCC Bye-laws. There are three park rangers employed to patrol the parks in the Lucan area. They also cover parks and open spaces in Palmerstown and North Clondalkin.

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