Bench warrant for owner of Pitbull

A bench warrant was issued at Dundalk District Court last Thursday for the arrest of a Staffordshire Pitbull terrier owner who failed to appear in a Louth County Council prosecution.

A bench warrant was issued at Dundalk District Court last Thursday for the arrest of a Staffordshire Pitbull terrier owner who failed to appear in a Louth County Council prosecution.

Judge Patrick Clyne heard it was alleged that there had been three further incidents involving the dog, since the case was last before the court for failing to have the animal under control.

Deivydas Zgirskis with an address at Glenwood in Dundalk was due to appear in court in a prosecution under the Control of Dogs Act - relating to an initial case where he was accused of not having the dog under effective control and not having a dog licence or identification on the animal, on the first of August last year.

The court heard that Judge Flann Brennan had heard evidence in May that the Staffordshire Pitbull terrior was being permitted run freely in the vicinity of the Glenwood estate then.

The case was adjourned but

the local authority’s solicitor John McGahon said there had been three separate incidents since then with new prosecutions before the court in relation to the 11th and 20th of May and the sixth of June.

He added he would be applying for an order declaring the dog to be dangerous. Judge Patrick Clyne said he thought the simplest way to deal with the matter was to issue a bench warrant.