Dog owner to be prosecuted

A LOCAL dog owner is to be prosecuted by Ballymoney Borough Council after found being in breach of rules imposed by the Council.

A report presented to the full council by the Health and Environmental Committee detailed an investigation by an officer.

It stated that on January 2 of this year one black and white Collie dog was found straying at Bann Road, Bendooragh.

On January 4, one Jack Russell dog was found straying also in Bendooragh. The owner of both dogs was identified.

On 8th January 2013 control conditions were attached to the licences in respect of both dogs, the report said.

Then, on 14th March 2013 an officer from the Council detected the same Jack Russell straying again in Bendooragh.

The report went on: “Due to the circumstances in this case it was recommended that the owner of the dogs be prosecuted with regard to the following:-

“(a) Three incidents of straying under Article 22(1) of the Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983;

In respect of the Jack Russell the following:-

“(b) Breach of control conditions Article 30f(1) of the Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 as amended;

“(c) No valid licence identification attached to the dogs collar in contravention of Regulation 7 of the Dogs (Licensing and Identification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011, Article 31(2) of the Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983.

“(d) Dog was not wearing a collar with the name and address of the keeper inscribed on it or on a plate attached to it in contravention of Regulation 6(1) of the Dogs (Licensing and Identification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011, Article 31(2) of the Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983.”

The recommendation to prosecute was proposed by Alderman Frank Campbell seconded by Councillor William Blair. The council agreed to the recommendation.