The work of our veterinary department involves animal welfare in a number of areas. These include:
- Veterinary Services
- Dog Warden
- Dog Breeding Establishments Act
- Dog Licence
- Responsible Dog Ownership
Information on the Control of Horses is looked after by the Estate Management Section for the Council
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.
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 email@example.com
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
- I.SP.C.A. NATIONAL ANIMAL HELPLINE 1890 515 515
- LAOIS S.P.C.A. 087 6883333
This page has up-to-date information and details of animals that are available for rehoming.
Photos of all Found/Stray Dogs that have come into Laois Dog Pound & Dogs that are available to Rehome
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.
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.
- Individual Dog Licence – €20.00
can be purchased at any Post Office or the Environment Section of the County Council or online at licences.ie
- Lifetime Dog Licence – €140.00
can be purchased from the Environment Section of the County Council.
- General Dog Licence – €400.00
can be purchased from the Environment Section of the County Council
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.
How to Make A Control of Dogs Complaint
To make a Control of Dogs related complaint you have the following options:
- Ring the Dog Warden / dog pound on 057 8734067 or mobile 086 2556298.
- Email your complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make a written complaint on the Control of Dogs Complaints Form and address to:
Laois County Council
Aras an Chontae
- 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
FOR ALL ANIMAL WELFARE/CRUELTY ISSUES CONTACT EITHER:
ISPCA National Animal Helpline No.(All Animal Welfare Issues): 1890 515 515.
Dept. of Agriculture, No. (All Farm Animal Welfare Issues): 1850 211 990