Dublin dog owners warned of scam as 'fake dog warden' hands out fines

By Fiona Frawley

September 15, 2023 at 1:00pm


The opportunist has been handing out €20 fines in Tymon Park.

Dog walkers in South Dublin have been warned of a man claiming to be a dog warden, and handing out fines to people walking their dogs off lead.

There have been a number of incidents in Tallaght's Tymon Park of people being approached by a man claiming to work as a dog warden for South Dublin County Council, according to Labour Councillor Pamela Kearns.

According to the Irish Mirror, the man is reported to have been handing out €20 on the spot fines to anyone walking their dog off lead in the park.

In a warning on social media, Ms Kearns advised dog owners not to interact with anyone claiming to be working for the council unless they're able to present credentials:

"I have spoken to the Park Ranger in Tymon Park and he has asked me to let people know that there is a man going around Tymon Park pretending to be the dog warden and issuing 20 euro on the spot fines for dogs off leads.
If you are approached by someone in the park please remember that if they are not in a council vehicle or can not present evidence of their credentials do not engage with them".
Dublin dog owners have been warned about the warden scam. Image: Tymon Park, via Dublin's Outdoors.
Local council authorities have the power to hand out fines to people who do not clean up after their dog, are unable to provide a dog licence or cannot provide identification for their dogs.
Dog owners are also liable to be fined for walking certain breeds of dogs off-lead or without a muzzle. These fines range between €100 or €150 for not cleaning up after your dog, and will only be issued by a registered dog warden.
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