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It is illegal to roam in a housing estate in ireland and is

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It is illegal for cats to roam in a housing estate in ireland and is also illegal to harm or to threaen to harm a domestic cat by people living beside you in that estate.
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Customer: People that have a problem with our cats roaming ,have tried to harm them by throwing objects at them and spraying with cleaning agents.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

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.

Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

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.

Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

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