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Dogs off the lead

Dog wardens have been patrolling Belgrave Square recently at about 11 a.m. to enforce the 11 a.m. time limit on dogs being without leads. In order to clarify the situation, here is the relevant Bye Law.

 Dublin City – Control of Dogs Bye Laws

 A person in charge of a dog in an area specified in the First Schedule [including any DCC park] to these Bye-Laws

[ except (a) American Pitbull Terrier, (b) Bull Mastiff , (c) Doberman Pinscher, (d) English Bull Terrier, (e) German Shepherd (Alsatian), (f) Japenese Akita, (g) Japenese Tosa, (h) Rhodesian Ridgeback, (i) Rottweiler, (J) Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and to every dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog (or Bandog) and to every other strain or cross of every breed of every type of dog described above]

shall keep the dog on a sufficiently strong chain or leash, not exceeding two metres in length if a fixed leash, or ten metres if retractable, while in that area, except during the following times when the dog may be unleashed in such areas (but excluding the North Bull Island and any other such area for which a Special Amenity Area Order is made) provided that such dog must still be under the effectual control of the person-in-charge of the dog in accordance with the Control of Dogs Acts, 1986 and 1992:

January & December: 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m., 4.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

February & November: 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m., 4.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

March & October: 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m., 5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. (Wintertime), 6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. (Summertime)

April & September: 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m., 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

May & June: 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.

July & August: 8.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.