A WOMAN had to get a tetanus injection after sustaining scratches from a dog who was not on a leash or under effective control.
Gardaí have urged dog owners to ensure they have effective control of their pets at all times in the wake of the incident in Moville.
The woman reported to gardaí that she was out for a walk in the Moville area when a dog jumped on her causing her to fall to the ground. She was also scratched by the dog and subsequently had to receive a tetanus shot.
This is the second type of similar incident reported to gardaí in the Moville area in recent weeks.
A garda spokesperson pointed out that while dogs do not have to be on a leash, dog owners are obliged under the 1986 Control of Dogs Act that their dogs are under effectual control.
“This means that dogs don’t necessarily have to be kept on the leash, but their owners must be able to control them at all times. Some dogs must be kept on a leash by law and must wear a muzzle when out in public and these include Bull Mastiff, Dobermann pinscher, English bull terrier and German Shepherd.
“If you have a dog and are able to control it then well and good but if your dog is very excitable and approaches people or other animals then this may cause considerable upset or fear for the people or the other animal in question even if you feel that the dog is doing no harm. It is certainly preferable to have your dog on a leash when out in public.
“Should anybody wish to report a concern in relation to a dog they may do so by contacting the dog warden on (074) 9125159 or by contacting gardaí.”