Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Questions (148)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

148. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the review of dog legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23024/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Last year, following a public consultation process my Department published new Guidelines for Dog Breeding Establishments. These were put in place under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010, and came into effect on 1 January of this year.

Having published the new Guidelines, my Department is now identifying any necessary legislative changes that may be required to further improve standards.

This review will involve examining relevant legislation to ensure that existing laws and international best practice, as well as the views of stakeholders, are taken into account. Any amendments to the Act will be dependent on the outcome of this review. This work is ongoing and will continue throughout 2019.

It is also my intention to publish a consultation paper in the coming weeks that will seek to review measures relating to the control of dogs in Ireland to ensure an appropriate approach is in place for the effective control of dogs in Ireland.