‘Accomodation not adequate’ for lion-hunting dogs - Warden

A DEFENDANT accused of not having his dogs under control had his case adjourned at Kilkenny Court.

A DEFENDANT accused of not having his dogs under control had his case adjourned at Kilkenny Court.

Ian Giles, Ballygerda, Brandondale is accused of the offence at Ballygerda on June 25, 2011.

Garda Noel Lindy told the court that a man said he had observed three dogs - a greyhound, a terrier and a South African breed of dog similar to a Doberman close to his farmyard and roaming around his farmyard. “He believed that they belonged to his neighbour and captured the terrier and went to his neighbour Ian Giles who admitted that the dog was his,” he said.

Dog warden, Aidan Corbett said that there were no animals injured and that the South African breed of dog was bred for lion hunting in South Africa. “They do pose a danger to society unless they are properly controlled and are a high energy dog.”

The dog warden told the court that he had seized the three dogs and returned the two smaller dogs but had kept the larger dog for one year and four months. He added that the defendant had six dogs of this breed and that the accommodation was not adequate and that the area was not adequately fenced. “I understand that he mates and breeds dogs,” he said.

Judge Eamon O’Brien adjourned the case for March 19 for sentencing.