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Under the Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs) Regulations, 1991, certain breeds of dog including American pit bulls must be kept on a short, strong lead and controlled by a capable person over 16 years of age.

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American Pit-bull  (Getty Stock)

American Pit-bull (Getty Stock)

American Pit-bull (Getty Stock)

Six American pit bull dogs were seized by the ISPCA following a multi-agency search in the Roscommon area.  

The dogs were discovered as part of a Garda operation yesterday that also resulted in the seizure of €21,950 in cash, a Gucci watch and suspected cocaine and cannabis.

Gardai said no arrests have been made but that investigations are ongoing.

Under the Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs) Regulations, 1991, certain breeds of dog including American pit bulls must be kept on a short, strong lead and controlled by a capable person over 16 years of age. Owners or others in charge of such dogs must keep them muzzled in a public place.

The maximum penalty for not keeping a dog under control is a maximum fine of €2,500, three months in prison or both.

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Cash and a Gucci watch were also seized

Cash and a Gucci watch were also seized

Cash and a Gucci watch were also seized

In December 2020, Darryl Brady-Graham (12) was out playing football with his pals in Clonsilla, north Dublin, when he was attacked by an American bulldog in a horrific incident that left him with 150 stitches in his face.

The dog was later put down but Daryl's parents, Deborah and Robbie from Lohunda Downs, said he was lucky to be alive after the incident.

"You can imagine how vicious the attack was. His face is just ripped apart. I don't know how he survived it or got away from the dog," Deborah told the Sunday World at the time.

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Daryl suffered horrific injuries to his face, and arm and had to undergo plastic surgery
before returning home to his family

Daryl suffered horrific injuries to his face, and arm and had to undergo plastic surgery before returning home to his family

Daryl suffered horrific injuries to his face, and arm and had to undergo plastic surgery before returning home to his family

His father Robbie added: "He's very lucky to be alive because the type of dog it was, an XL [American] bully dog, are big and muscular so we're blessed to still have him here.

Deborah said Darryl had gone to play football on a local pitch on a Saturday afternoon when the dog viciously attacked him and ripped his face apart.

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“The owner was only a 14-year-old kid,” Deborah said. “He was trying to pull the chain and get the dog away from my son but any time he pulled him back the dog was latching on more and wouldn't stop."

Deborah urged owners to muzzle their dogs.

"When you buy one of these dogs you know they're a dangerous breed so do the right thing and put a muzzle on them."

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