Written Answers. - Ill-Treatment of Animals.

Gay Mitchell

Question:

696 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he will make a statement on the ill-treatment of animals and the concerns expressed by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12. [20107/00]

The law relating to cruelty to animals is set out in the Protection of Animals Acts, 1911 and 1965, administered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. The Garda is responsible for investigating allegations or complaints of acts of cruelty to animals which are prescribed as criminal offences under the Protection of Animals Acts.

My Department's responsibilities in relation to animals relate to the control of dogs. Section 18 of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, provides that a person who is convicted under the Protection of Animals Acts of the offence of cruelty to a dog may, in addition to any penalty prescribed under those Acts, be disqualified from keeping a dog for such period as the court thinks fit.