- Animal Welfare
- Dog Breeding Establishments
- Dog Licence
- Dog Warden
- Responsible Dog Ownership
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.
For all animal welfare / cruelty issues contact either:
ISPCA National Animal Helpline No.(All Animal Welfare Issues):0818 515 515.
Dept. of Agriculture, No. (All Farm Animal Welfare Issues): 1850 211 990.
Information on the Control of Horses is looked after by the Estate Management Section for the Council.
Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010
On the 1st January 2012, the above Act came into force. All premises where six 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. Failure to register with your local authority is an offence. A scale of fees applies.
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.
Details of Dog Breeding Establishments on the register in Co. Laois 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||No. of Conditions (if any)|
|LCC 01||Desmond Foot||Clonmount Kennels,
Cloncannon, Mountmellick, Co. Laois
|20 August 2022||100||none|
|LCC 04||Fintan Bergin||Ballinla, Ballaghmore,
Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois
|14 December 2022||18||none|
|LCC 06||Lorraine Fennell||Killeen, Maganey, Co. Laois||20 August 2022||18||none|
|LCC 07||Laois Hunt c/o David Lalor||Beechfield House, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois||03 August 2021||30||none|
|LCC 16||Keith Cash||Dangenroe, Castetown, Co. Laois||04 October 2021||18||none|
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 licences.ie
- Lifetime Dog Licence – €140.00 can be purchased at any Post Office or online at licences.ie
- General Dog Licence – €400.00 can be purchased from the Environment Section of the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dog Warden deals with issues such as lost and found dogs, dog surrenders and complaints regarding dogs. The Dog Warden d 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 and Resources
- Laois Dog Pound/Shelter 057 – 8734067
- I.SP.C.A. NATIONAL ANIMAL HELPLINE 1890 515 515
- LAOIS S.P.C.A. 087 6883333
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/LaoisDogPoundShelter 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
Laois County Council actively encourage and promote responsible dog ownership. Our 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. 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.
How to Make A Complaint regarding the Control of Dogs:
- Ring the Dog Warden / dog pound on 057 8734067 or mobile 086 2556298.
- Email your complaint to email@example.com
- Make a written complaint on the Control of Dogs Complaints Form and address to: Administrative Officer, Environment Department, Laois County Council, Aras an Chontae, Portlaoise, Laois
- 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.
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
Complaints regarding excessive dog barking.
If you are bothered by persistent barking, talk to the dog owner in question. If this does not work, under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, you can lodge an official complaint with your Local District Court. You will be given a date when your complaint will be heard and a copy of the Section 25 Form. Write the name and address of the noisy dog’s owner, your name, and the date and time when your complaint is to be heard in the District Court on the form. Sign and date it, and give it to the dog’s owner 7 days before your complaint is due to be heard. The dog’s owners has this time to resolve the problem.
The form for application to the District Court can be downloaded here: Control of Dogs Act 1986 – Section 25