Irish dog owners warned about keeping dangerous pets
Dog owners have been urged to become familiar with current laws regarding their pets, in the wake of the death of a young girl who was savaged by a pit bull terrier in England.
Anyone caught in the possession of an unregistered banned dog faces prosecution and a possible jail sentence.
There are currently 10 breeds including pit bull terriers, rottweilers and german sheperds which come under the "strict control" category in this country.
Fianna Fail TD for Dublin North West, Pat Carey said owners have a responsibility to be able to control their pets.
"The average household pet is a great asset to anybody," he said.
"Kids love to have one. They're great company around the house and they add to our enjoyment. But unfortunately, it's a bit like most other parts of Irish society - there are some people out there hell bent on having a dog that looks dangerous, is dangerous, and is allowed to act dangerously."