A summary of the current legislation regarding dogs, June 2017
Since the enactment of The Control of Dogs Act, 1986 it is the law here in Ireland to own a valid license for your dog.
An annual dog license can be bought for €20- at the Post Office or online through the County Council,
There are also Lifetime Dog Licences, €140-, only available through the County Council and not for purchase at the Post Office. For the owners of kennels there are General Dog Licenses, €400- annually.
Guide dogs, dogs kept and used by the Garda Síochana, dogs under four months and dog’s kept by the ISPCA are the principle exceptions to the Dog License requirements.
The penalty for not having a dog license is an on-the-spot fine of €100-, non payment of such leading to District Count Prosecution.
The Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015, in 2015 the regulation that newborn pups are microchipped was introduced and since March 2016 all dogs must be microchipped, registered, the registration information kept updated and the owner’s contact information on or attached to the dog’s collar.
The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 add certain restrictions to certain breeds and strains of said breeds, they must be kept on a short, strong lead and muzzled.
Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 means dog fouls in public places must be cleaned up and disposed of in a sanitary manner. Failure to do so may lead to an on-the-spot-fine of €150-, non payment of such leading to District Court Prosecution.
Local Authorities are responsible for the control of dogs. They appoint dog wardens, can lay-down fines and take court proceedings. Local Authorities may enter into agreements with the ISPCA or another person to provide these services.
Stray dogs may be caught and brought to the local Dog Pound. Unwanted dogs may be surrendered to the local Dog Pound.
To reclaim a stray dog from the local pound proof of ownership must be provided and fees paid.
Westmeath dog pound re-claim fee of €100, plus boarding/other fees, see their website for more details.
The pound will hold a dog for at least 5 days to seek the original owner. Dogs not re-claimed from the dog pound within 5 days may be put down, rehomed or transferred to an animal welfare group.
This is a mere introduction to the current legal situation in regards to dogs and dog ownership, you can find more detailed information here; http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/environment/animal_welfare_and_control/control_of_dogs.html
Fuller information on dog control here; http://www.housing.gov.ie/local-government/community-services/dog-control/dog-control