Republic of Ireland Law
Republic of Ireland Law Questions Answered by Experts
1. Dear Niall, no offence is committed if your cat roams the estate where you live. There is no law against this occuring provided the cat does not cause a nuisance to another house owner. Ireland has not legislated against the free movement of domestic pets such as cats. However, it is a criminal offence to wantonly hurt an animal. By law, a person is not allowed to harm an animal or be otherwise cruel to an animal in Ireland. Accordingly, if your neighbour is attempting to harm your cat when it roams, this should be reported to your local Animal Welfare Officer who is working with the local authority or county council.
2. Acts, such as throwing things at your cat or spraying the cat with cleaning agents constitute cruelty to animals and as such can be prosecuted by your local Animal Welfare Officer. So report this behaviour to your local Animal Welfare Officer.
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