Dog warden attacked in ‘violent’ row over muzzle use

by Sylvia Pownall

GARDAI are investigating an attack on a dog warden in the grounds of Malahide Castle at the weekend after he was targeted by an owner in a row over a muzzle. The warden was left badly shaken after he was reportedly grabbed by the throat in the assault which happened in broad daylight on Saturday, December 2. The man, an employee of Ashton Pound contracted by Fingal County Council, reported the incident to gardai and the matter is being investigated.
Ashton Pound manager Donal Moroney told Dublin Gazette: “Thankfully he wasn’t harmed physically, but he was grabbed. It’s a bit of a shock and you don’t expect it when you’re just trying to do your job.”
The dispute arose when the warden asked a man who was walking his German Shepherd why the dog was not muzzled, as is required under law.
Mr Moroney said: “The wardens are there to protect the public and to deal with incidents as they arise. They are not in any way aggressive. We view this very seriously because our guys are only doing their job. When you have a German Shepherd unmuzzled in public, I would expect something to be done about it.
“I’m 14 years in this job and while we’ve had a few incidents, thankfully it doesn’t happen often.
“The warden was back at work on Sunday and he assures me he’ll be back on duty in Malahide Castle again this weekend.”
A spokesperson for Fingal County Council said: “We are extremely concerned about this alarming incident. The dog warden was merely carrying out his duties and seeking adherence to by-laws which have been passed by Council. We would appeal to anybody who may have witnessed this incident to contact Malahide Garda Station.”

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