Dangerous dogs - The time has come to ban Rottweilers

THIS morning the parents of Jordan Denn, of Edenderry, Co Offaly, who was savaged by one of two Rottweilers that had escaped from an enclosure in their owner’s garden, could be forgiven for wondering why anyone would wish to keep two young animals with such destructive potential on a housing estate.

Equally, as they stand beside the hospital bed of their seven-year old son they, and every parent whose children may encounter dogs of such immense power, must wonder why animals of such a disposition are, once again, becoming so common in our communities.

Despite the introduction of legislation after the last spate of attacks by terror dogs such as Pitbull terriers, Rottweilers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, various combinations of fighting and security breeds can be seen on almost any journey around the fringes of our towns or cities.

Invariably in the company of young men — it would be foolish to suggest that these dogs are under the control of the young men as anyone who has witnessed the destructive capabilities of any of these breeds will testify. These unfortunate animals have become some sort of status symbol; a badge of distinction for the indifferent and insecure.

There is no legitimate reason for a private citizen to own them and even the security industry will find it hard to justify their use — so often misuse — as technology becomes ever more effective in the protection of property.

As we live in ever-closer proximity to each other there can be no room for these time bombs on legs; there shouldbe no reason to have to share your living space with a 200-pound animal designed for destruction.

The time has finally come to ban them.

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