Animal Welfare

The work of our veterinary department involves animal welfare in a number of areas. These include:

Information on the Control of Horses is looked after by the Estate Management Section for the Council

Veterinary Services

In accordance with the terms of the Abattoirs Act, 1988 Laois County Council’s Veterinary Section is required to provide and supervise ante and post mortem inspections of all animals slaughtered for human consumption in abattoirs licenced annually under the act and located within its functional area.

Laois County Council’s Veterinary Section is also responsible for carrying out functions in relation to food protection and implements the terms and conditions of the Service Contract between the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and Laois County Council.

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John Callaghan (chairman) and Chris Horan of Clonaslee Tidy Towns with Laois dog warden Tristan Blundell in Mountmellick for the launch of the Laois County Council Environment Section dog fouling awareness week 26 to 30 March. Picturte: Alf Harvey.

Laois Dog Warden Services

The Dog Warden is Mr. Tristan Blundell and the Laois Dog Pound is situated at Tentore, Ballacolla, Co. Laois. To contact the Dog Warden, please telephone the Laois Dog Pound on 057 – 8734067 or mobile 086-2556298 or email

The Dog Warden deals with issues such as:

  • Dogs Lost
  • Dogs Found
  • Complaints regarding dogs
  • Surrender of dogs

The Dog Warden does not deal with issues regarding dogs barking.  In accordance with the Control of Dogs Act, 1986 any person can make a complaint to the District Court for nuisance caused by a barking dog.

Dog Pound General Opening Hours:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All other times by appointment only. The Dog Pound is not open on public holidays.

Dog Pound Charges

Owners must provide a current dog licence before any dog is reclaimed or rehomed or before any dog may leave the dog pound.

  • Reclaimed Dogs: €30 per dog recovery charge plus a boarding charge of €10 per day.
  • Surrendered Dogs: €30 per dog; €10 per pup; €30 per litter
  • Rehomed Dogs: A new licence or general licence must be produced. Photo ID is required. If living in rented accommodation a letter from the landlord is required

Useful Contact Numbers

  • Laois Dog Pound/Shelter 057 – 8734067
  • LAOIS S.P.C.A. 087 6883333

Facebook Page:

This page has up-to-date information and details of animals that are available for rehoming.

Laois Dog Pound

Photos of all Found/Stray Dogs that have come into Laois Dog Pound & Dogs that are available to Rehome

Citizen Information on CONTROL OF DOGS

Animal Health & Welfare Act, 2013

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Dog Breeding Establishments Act

On the 1st January 2012, the above Act came into force. All premises where  6 or more female dogs are kept which are more than 6 months old and capable of being used for breeding purposes are required to be registered under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act, 2010. Any premises to which the new regulations apply will need to register with their local authority and ensure that their premises conform to the guidelines issued as part of the regulations. Failure to register with your local authority is an offence under the regulations. A scale of fees applies.

Please click on the links below for Guidelines and Application Form.

Dog Breeding Establishment Act Guidelines

Application Form to Register a Dog Breeding Establishment


Details of establishments under the inspectorate of LCC are listed below:


Reg. No. Name of Owner/Operator Address of Establishment Date of Expiry of current registration Max. no. of breeding bitches over 6 months old & capable of breeding that can be allowed at this establishment
LCC 01 Desmond Foot Clonmount Kennels

Cloncannon, Mountmellick, Co. Laois

07 July 2019


LCC 04 Fintan Bergin Ballinla, Ballaghmore,

Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois

05 December 2018 18
LCC 05 Michael O’Connor Camira, Mountmellick, Co. Laois 23 November 2018 18
LCC 06 Lorraine Fennell Killeen, Maganey, Co. Laois 20 November 2018 18
LCC 07 Laois Hunt c/o David Lalor Beechfield House, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois 03 August 2019 30
LCC 16 Keith Cash Dangenroe, Castletown 18 April 2019 18


Revised Set of Guidelines for Dog Breeding Establishments Act

The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) has put in place a revised set of Guidelines for Dog Breeding Establishments. These have now been published on the Department’s website.

The revised Guidelines come into effect on 1 January 2019.  A copy of the revised Guidelines, colour coded to show the changes made to the previous guidelines, taking into account the responses received through the public consultation process, where appropriate, and also from consultation with industry experts has also been published.

Please find  links to  Press Release here  and the Guidelines here (scroll down to end of Dog Control webpage)

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Dog Licence
It is a legal requirement that if you own a dog you must have a current dog licence. This licence must be renewed annually and the fees are as follows:

  • Individual Dog Licence – €20.00
    can be purchased at any Post Office or online at
  • Lifetime Dog Licence – €140.00
    can be purchased at any Post Office or online at
  • General Dog Licence – €400.00
    can be purchased from the Environment Section of the County Council

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Responsible Dog Ownership
Members of Mountmellick Tidy Towns in Mountmellick for the launch of the Laois County Council Environment Section dog fouling awareness week 26 to 30 March. Picturte: Alf Harvey.

Laois County Council actively encourage and promote responsible dog ownership.

Our new Responsible Dog Ownership Booklet is a free guide on how to become a better dog owner and focuses on the importance of cleaning up dog fouling, dog control, dog licences/tags and identifies what you can do if you are troubled with excessive noise caused by dog barking.

The booklet is available to download here: Responsible Dog Ownership Booklet and is currently being distributed with dog licence reminders.  Additional copies are also available at various Vet Surgeries and from the Environment Section (Phone 057 867 4332).

Litter Enforcement Officers will be conducting foot patrols and will highlight that not cleaning up after your dog is subject to an On The Spot Litter Fine of €150.  Signage highlighting this fact has been placed in various locations around the County.  Free pooper scooper biodegradable bags are available from the Environment Section on 057 8674332.


LCC Mountrath Anti Dog Fouling 05


How to Make A Control of Dogs  Complaint

To make a Control of Dogs related complaint you have the following options:

  1. Ring the Dog Warden / dog pound on 057 8734067 or mobile 086 2556298.
  2. Email your complaint to
  3. Make a written complaint on the Control of Dogs Complaints Form and address to:


Administrative Officer

Environment Department

Laois County Council

Aras an Chontae




  1. Ring Environmental Hotline 1800 323 230.  The Hotline is staffed during normal office hours.  Messages left outside office hours will be dealt with during the next working day.


Please see Control of Dogs Complaint form, which will be of assistance to you.


When making a dog-related complaint, please include the following details:

  • Nature of the complaint,
  • Time of the incident,
  • Location of the incident,
  • Return contact details



ISPCA National Animal Helpline No.(All Animal Welfare Issues): 1890 515 515.

Dept. of Agriculture, No. (All Farm Animal Welfare Issues): 1850 211 990



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