Big island dog breeders were invited to attend an open meeting at the Island Veterinary Clinic at Horseshoe Bay on Feb 4th 2015 to help advise them about the potential effects of introducing a new breed to the island.
The dogs discussed are a mix of Akita, Husky, German Shepherd, Cocker Spaniels and Labrador Retrievers and the meeting was well attended by over a dozen people, including islanders of all ages, to discuss the pros and cons of introducing this new breed to the island.
It was mentioned at the meeting that we do not have a breed specific dog law on the island, so therefore it would not fall under the Dog Management Code in effect here at the moment. However it would be a “Special Purpose Dog” which would fall under the Animal Welfare Act and be subject to the same rules.
The purpose of the meeting was for breeders to have the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of introducing this new breed to the island and give their input.
After the meeting, Dr. Mollison stated that we would welcome suggestions or advise on how we would best assist those breeders considering bringing a new breed into our island community.
Please keep this in mind as we receive new breeds into the community. The purpose of this document is to provide you with an idea of what your rights are.
The purpose of this document is to provide you with an idea of what your rights are.
In the past we have assisted in the release of a new breed on the island without any concerns, however in the case of a mixed breed we would like you to be aware of the dangers that might be involved and make sure that you are aware of all your rights.
So, let’s start from the beginning
As a dog owner you have the right to take your dog off your property if you do not feel safe with it. This right is enshrined in the Human Rights Act 1998 and under the Animal Welfare Act.
It is up to the owner of the dog to ensure their dog is under control at all times.
You have the right to call for a Garda Dog to come to your home and conduct a search. The Garda Dog will ask permission to enter your property.
Once inside, the Garda Dog will conduct a search for a reason for entering. The Garda Dog may enter your property for any reason that you may give.
Once the Garda Dog has finished conducting the search the owner may take their dog from the house if it is safe to do so.
However, if the Garda Dog believes that the dog was outside in a dangerous situation or was roaming free and was endangering the lives of others then it would have the right to enter your property without any permission or warning.
In this case the Garda Dog would have the right to ask you to remove the dog from the premises before commencing the search. You would be given the opportunity to ask for an extension to give you time to deal with the situation before the search takes place.
You should always use common sense when it comes to calling for a Garda Dog to come and search your property and your dog. It should only be done if there is a genuine safety threat.
If a Garda Dog enters your property without consent you can do nothing. You should not try to restrn them.
If you feel that your dog is a danger to the public or to the Garda Dog and he has been found on your property, you can call for the Garda to remove the dog. The Garda Dog would then take the dog into the Garda station for custody.
You can also try to put a leash on your dog when you take him off your property. The Garda Dog may seize the dog if it feels that a leash is not safe for your dog.
You are advised to have your dog microchipped and contact the Garda National Kennel Control Office if you want to obtn a microchip for your dog.
Garda Dogs are the only police dog force in the country who are trned to carry out searches under the Garda Siochana Act 2009.
However, Garda Dogs are normally only called if a suspect is present or if a suspect is believed to be present but no one is currently on the premises where a search can be carried out. If a Garda Dog is called into a scene there is always a garda or garda dog present.
Garda Dog trning involves all the Garda Dog handlers on a dly basis. Garda dogs are trned in a wide variety of situations including, search for stolen goods, drugs, weapons, weapons, missing persons, and explosive or contraband. The dogs are trned for a wide range of searches including, searches of the home, hotel, business premises, and motor vehicles.
The success of the Garda Dogs is the combination of:
•The dogs being able to detect the scent of the substances or substances of interest.
•The handler and other members of the Garda team being able to assist the dogs to identify the substances or substance of interest.
•There must also be sufficient time for the search by the dog to be carried out.
During a search, a dog can be assisted by members of the Garda team if the dog does not correctly identify the substance. All Garda Dogs are searched for drugs, explosives, or weapons before being released.
The Garda K-9 unit is involved in a wide variety of tasks which include, search of properties, searches of suspect vehicles, support of criminal investigations, searching for missing persons, and support to anti-corruption officers.
The K-9s are used for a wide variety of duties including, surveillance, searching for missing persons, locating the source of a fire, assisting to search for suspects, finding stolen goods, detection of explosive devices, explosive detection, support to anti-corruption operations, locating and recovering stolen cars, searching for drugs and drug seizures, and assisting criminal investigations.
As with all dogs in the Republic of Ireland, there must be a person present when the dog is outside of a premises. A Garda dog, in most instances, will have a handler with them during the search. If, however, there is no handler avlable, then the garda dog must have another garda on standby to assist and to take over the search should the dog find something.
A member of the Garda team will be required to keep both the garda dog and their assigned handlers informed about the type of activity the K-9 is performing, the type of search they are performing, and the progress of the search.
If an individual is subject to a search, the Garda K-9 Unit will carry out a risk assessment of the individual to see if there is a threat to the Garda officer. The garda dog handler will, depending on the risk assessment, either be directly with the Garda or kept behind a chn link fence.
There are currently nine dogs in operation, including some who are assigned to an area or a particular person to keep an eye on them.