Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act, 1992

Amendment of section 16 of Principal Act.

7.—Section 16 of the Principal Act is hereby amended by—

(a) the substitution in paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of the following subparagraph for subparagraph (ii):

“(ii) where he has reasonable grounds for believing that a guard dog is, or more than 5 dogs that are aged over 4 months are, kept,”, and

(b) the insertion of the following subsection after subsection (4):

“(5) (a) Where a dog has been seized under subsection (1) (b) of this section and the dog warden who seized it is satisfied that an offence under this Act has been committed in relation to the dog, the dog may either be detained until the District Court has made an order in relation to it or be destroyed unless—

(i) within 5 days of such seizure, the owner of the dog or some other person undertakes in writing to pay to the local authority in whose functional area the dog was seized, in such manner, at such time or times and by means of such number of payments as may be specified in the undertaking, the reasonable cost of keeping the dog, and

(ii) the terms of the undertaking are complied with by the owner or other person, as the case may be.

(b) An amount due and unpaid by a person pursuant to an undertaking under paragraph (a) of this subsection may be recovered from the person by the local authority concerned as a simple contract debt in any court of competent jurisdiction.”.