Animal welfare.

Micro chipping will be a legal requirement for all dogs by 31st March

From 31st of March 2016, it will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be micro chipped and it is already a legal requirement for puppies born after the 1st of June 2016. Failure to comply with the legislation could result in a fine of up to €5,000 so don’t wait – get your dog micro chipped before 31st March 2016.

Please  note that the new “MICROCHIPPING OF DOGS REGULATIONS 2015″ comes into operation on the 1st June 2015. Click on the PDF link below.

MICRO-CHIPPING OF DOGS REGULATIONS 2015

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DOG LICENSING IN IRELAND
Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, which was amended in 1992, all dog owners are required to have a dog license.

What type of license do you need?
• Individual dog license – covers one dog for a period of 12 months
• General dog licence – for owners of kennels for a period of 12 months
• Lifetime of the dog licence – for the lifetime of the dog for which the licence is issued
Most people will need the individual licence. You have to be over 16 years of age to hold a dog licence.

Dogs which do not require a licence
• Guide dogs for the blind do not require licensing
• Dogs which are in the country for less than 30 days do not require licensing.
Some breeds have specific regulations
The breed of dog is not considered important, but some breeds have specific regulations about leashing, muzzling, etc., in public places.

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Restricted Dog Breed Information

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 442 of 1998) impose additional rules in relation to the following breeds (and strains/cross-breeds) of dog in Ireland, read full information here.

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1998/si/442/made/en/print

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ROSCOMMON DOG SHELTER/POUND

Under the provisions of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, the Local Authority is responsible for the control of dogs in the County of Roscommon.

Roscommon SPCA has no responsibility directly or indirectly in the management or administration of the Dog Shelter/Pound in Co. Roscommon.

  • Roscommon Dog Shelter (Pound)  Opening Times: 11-2. Mon-Sat – 090 6662992
  • Phone – 0906662992
  • Email – roscommondogshelter@eircom.net

Finding of Stray Dogs
13.—(1) Any person, other than a dog warden or a member of the Garda Síochána, who finds and takes possession of a stray dog shall, forthwith—

(a) Return the dog to its owner, or
(b) Deliver the dog to a dog warden, or
(c) detain the dog and give notice in writing containing a description of the dog, the address of the place where it was found, and the address of the place where it is detained to the member in charge at the nearest Garda Station to the place where the dog was found, or to a dog warden.

Stray dogs that are reported or picked up out of hours by Roscommon SPCA are handed over to the pound at the earliest opportunity. All stray dogs picked up by Roscommon are reported to the Dog warden immediately.

PET TRAVEL

Import into Ireland of dogs, cats and ferrets

The EU Pet Passport system is designed to protect citizens from the threat of rabies and certain other diseases. EU rules apply to the movement of pet dogs, cats and ferrets into EU Member States. Pets entering Ireland from the EU require:

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets entering Ireland from the EU require:

  • Passport/certificate showing identification
  • Subsequent rabies vaccination with first vaccination at least 21 days before entry
  • Specific tapeworm treatment of all pet dogs

(For full details click here)

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from other qualifying (lower risk) countries can also travel into Ireland on the same conditions as set out above.

Pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling from non-qualifying (higher risk) countries can also travel into Ireland without quarantine provided the pet has a passport/certificate showing identification and a subsequent rabies vaccination. At least 30 days after rabies vaccination the pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml.  The pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test.

INFORMATION FOR PET OWNERS

How to get an EU Pet Passport in Ireland

Every Irish pet that is brought out of Ireland to another EU Member State or re-enters Ireland must have an EU Pet Passport. In Ireland this is issued by private Vets directly to pet owners.

If you wish to have your pet’s photograph on its passport (this is optional), you should bring a photograph with you to your vet. The photograph should be no bigger than 6 cm wide and 4 cm long, should feature the pet only and show its colour and markings clearly.

On receipt of the Pet Passport from your vet check all entries are legible and correct, as any errors could lead to your pet being detained.

Further information can be found on the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WEBSITE

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Department of Agriculture

https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/contact/

PRA Building, Golf Links Road, Roscommon. This office deals with the following issues: Veterinary, Livestock, AES. |  Tel: 090 6630100

SpayAware aims to spread the message about the benefits of spaying and neutering pet dogs and cats to help stem the destruction of unwanted animals in Ireland.

http://www.spayaware.ie

 

ISPCA LEGAL HANDBOOK ON ANIMAL WELFARE

ISPCA LEGAL HANDBOOK