Council destroy 87 dogs since start of 2013

Eighty-seven dogs have been humanely destroyed in the Derry area from 2013 to 2015.
Eighty-seven dogs have been humanely destroyed in the Derry area from 2013 to 2015.

Eighty-seven dogs have been humanely destroyed in the Derry area in the last two years, according to Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) figures.

In 2013, council officials dealt with 272 incidents concerning stray dogs; 253 were impounded; 42 were sold; 85 were reclaimed; 76 were passed to a shelter and 50 were humanely destroyed.

In 2014 council officials received 692 complaints concerning dogs.

Nine of the 692 complaints resulted in dogs being seized but later returned to owners.

Council officials impounded 280 dogs in 2014; seven were returned to their owners microchipped, six were returned tagged.

Throughout 2014 115 dogs were reclaimed from the council; 39 were sold to the public; 101 were passed to shelters and 25 were humanely destroyed.

Also in 2014, council officials dealt with 37 incidents of dogs without a licence and 128 strays.

The council also raised £3,800 in 2014 by issuing fixed penalty notices to owners without licences.

There were 61 attacks by a dog on a person reported to council in 2014; five reports of dogs worrying livestock; four cases of setting a dog on livestock and 24 reports of a dog attacking pets.

The most recent figures pertaining to dogs obtained by the ‘Journal’ are for the quarter ending March 31, 2015.

During that time, the council raised £3,467 from owners purchasing dog licenses.

Council officials also dealt with 135 complaints in the first three months of 2015, of which 69 animals were impounded; 12 were humanely destroyed; 18 sold to the public and 13 were passed to shelters.

There were also 10 reports of an attack by a dog on a person in the quarter ending March 31, 2015.

To contact the DCSDC dog warden telephone 028 71 376529 .