Muzzle dogs warning as family pet torn to pieces

David Tucker

Published 26/05/2015 | 00:00

Belinda Kehoe from Blackwater presented a cheque of Ä1437.00 and dog food to Brigid Cullen for the WSPCA Wexford Monday afternoon.Belinda raised the money by doing a sponsored walk from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Estella in Spain.
Belinda Kehoe from Blackwater presented a cheque of Ä1437.00 and dog food to Brigid Cullen for the WSPCA Wexford Monday afternoon.Belinda raised the money by doing a sponsored walk from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Estella in Spain.

PEOPLE who own dangerous dogs have been warned to make sure they are muzzled after a family pet was torn to pieces to death and at least two others were attacked in around Wexford over the past couple of weeks.

'A shih tzu was torn to pieces by two pit bulls which got out and attacked it in Ballymurn and another small dog was attacked and badly injured by a pit bull at Ferrybank,' said Brigid Cullen, from the WSCPA.

'There was another incident at the racecourse two weeks ago when a little dog was attacked,' she said.

Brigid said the most recent attacked took place in Bride Street last week when a bichon frise was attacked by a pit bull as it was being walked through the church car park.

'The bichon frise was badly savaged and the elderly woman who owned it nearly died,' said Brigid.

She said a passer by came to woman's rescue and had to kick the pit bull in the head to get it halt the attack. It then turned on the man's dog.

He reported the incident to the gardai, but was told it was a matter for the dog warden and the county council,' said Brigid.

'Any dogs that come under the Dangerous Dogs Act, pit bulls, German shepherds, rottweilers, dobermans, bull terriers and mastiffs have to be muzzled, on a lead and be under the control of somebody aged over 16,' said Brigid.

'Owners can be fined up to €3,000 if they are not restrained in this way,' she said.

Brigid said the shih tzu that was killed in Ballymurn was a WSPCA rescue dog taken in by the family.

'There have been a lot of complaints about dangerous dogs and the dog warden is on the look out for them,' she said.

'Many of these animals are seen as status symbols by their owners and are being walked about with big collars and studs on them and harnesses but without muzzles,' she said.

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