Problems associated with dog control, including losses of livestock caused by marauding dogs, led to the passing of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986. The Act gave local authorities responsibility for operating dog control and licensing services with the power to appoint dog wardens, to provide shelters for stray and unwanted dogs, to seize dogs and to impose on-the-spot fines.
Dogs must be kept under control at all times under the Control of Dogs Act 1986.
Uncontrolled dog = On-the-spot fine! €100!!
- An annual licence (€20.00) may be purchased at any Post Office
- A General licence (€400.00) or a Lifetime licence (€140.00) may be purchased from Local Authorities
All dogs must be kept under the effective control of their owner or person in charge and must have a collar with identification showing the name and address of the owner.
Unlicenced dog = On-the-spot fine! €100!!
All premesis with 6 or more female dogs (aged 4 months or more) must register with the Local Authority under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010
Does your dog have a collar?
All dogs must wear a collar with I.D (a disc or name tag with the name/address of the owner).
Dog without collar = On-the-spot fine! €100!!
Dogs which require special care
Under the Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 the following breeds of dog require extra control when in public places.
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Bull Mastiff
- Doberman Pinscher
- English Bull Terrier
- German Shepherd (Alsatian)
- Japanese Akita
- Japanese Tosa
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
This requirement also applies to every strain or cross-breed of these dogs.
These dogs must be securely muzzled.
They must be kept on a chain or leash less than 1 metre long.
They must be led by someone over 16 years who is capable of controlling the dog.
Dog fouling is a health hazard and spoils walkways and amenities for everybody. Dog faeces carry various infections including toxocariasis. This is caused by roundworms in the dog's intestine. Children are most vulnerable to the serious effects of this infection which can result in eye disorders, dizziness, nausea, asthma and epileptic fits.
If a dog fouls the person in charge must clean up and dispose of the faeces properly. Failure to do so can result in an ‘on-the-spot’ of €150 under the Litter Pollution Act 1997-2003 or a court appearance which can lead to a prosecution with a much larger penalty.
A “stray dog” is a dog which is in a public place and not accompanied by the owner or other responsible person. Stray dogs may be seized by authorised person and kept for 5 days before they can be re-homed or disposed off.
When you find a stray dog you can…………..
- Return the dog to its owner if you can get the owners details easily and safely from the dog’s collar.
- If you are unable to find the owner you can contact your local Dog Warden.
- You may also decide to keep the dog yourself. In this case you must send written notification to the Dog Warden or the local Garda. If the dog’s owner does not claim the dog within a year you may become the owner of the dog.
- It is unlawful to hand a stray dog over to any person or agency except the dog’s owner, Dog Warden or the Garda.
An unwanted dog should be re-homed, put down by your local vet or surrendered to the Dog Warden. A surrender fee of €50.00 per dog will apply.
Lost your dog?
Contact the Dog Warden
Attacks on livestock
There have been a number of attacks on livestock in recent years. Dog owners are liable for damages where animals are killed or injured and should ensure their dog is kept under control at all times.
Excessive barking which causes a nuisance to any person is an offence. If you are bothered by persistent barking you could first contact the owner and make them aware of the nuisance caused by their dog. If this is unsuccessful a complaint should be made to the District Court on the appropriate form available from Galway County Council.
Contact Person: Rita Gately, Veterinary Officer