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Irish dog owners bite back at politician Alan Tobin’s Facebook post about ‘dangerous breeds’

 

The signs list 'dangerous' dog breeds and warn owners of the additional restrictions
The signs list ‘dangerous’ dog breeds and warn owners of the additional restrictions

ALAN TOBIN, a county councillor from Co. Meath, drew criticism from angry dog owners on social media on Sunday when he shared an image of a dog legislation sign. 

The Fine Gael politician took it upon himself to have the signs displayed within his constituency.

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After sharing the post on Facebook, Mr Tobin was inundated with messages from Irish dog owners unhappy about the signs, and even found himself trending on Twitter. One commenter included a photo of his pet dog relieving itself on Tobin’s County Council election poster.

One commenter included a photo of his pet dog relieving itself on Tobin’s County Council election poster.

The controversial signs, which include pictures of the listed and restricted dog types, inform owners of the rules of walking these breeds in public.

The ‘dangerous breeds’ list includes breeds such as Staffordshire bull terriers and German Shepherds which must be kept on a short strong lead by a person over 16 years who is capable of controlling them, be muzzled whenever they are in a public place and wear a collar bearing the name and address of their owner at all times.

So far the post has been shared over, 184,000 times and received over a thousand comments many of them from fellow Irish dog owners posting pictures of their family pets and arguing that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

Tobin appeared on Ireland AM on Tuesday, 10 May, alongside dog behaviour consultant Nanci Creedon to defend his position.

The Animal Right Action Network (ARAN) said Mr. Tobin’s opinions on dangerous dogs was “short-sighted, ill-informed and unhelpful to these already troubled dogs.” ARAN’s John Carmody urged Mr Tobin to get “his information right before sounding off on issues relating to animals that he knows very little about.”

Alan Tobin's Facebook Post
Alan Tobin’s Facebook Post

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One comment on “Irish dog owners bite back at politician Alan Tobin’s Facebook post about ‘dangerous breeds’”

  1. Marcus Pearse

    I know that not too far from any of those comments was one of my own not fit for publishing in a family environment.
    I am absolutely gob-smacked that a politician of any calibre should busy themselves with the lives of dog-owners by expressing his false sense of alarm and caution clearly inspired by many stereotypes and the way he addresses it.....clearly dogmatic. Just like he is clearly clueless on the subject of dogs in general.
    Someone needs to stay off the Guinness and read some guide books on good dog owners and how they take responsibility for them; by training them properly and keeping them disciplined.
    Unlike Tobin, who obviously needs some training at least.

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