Wexford County Council Wardens will be carrying out a series of Dog Patrols and Licence Checks throughout the Spring and Summer 2021.
In particular, Wardens will be concentrating on un-licensed and un-chipped dogs, dogs not under proper control, dogs not muzzled and dogs fouling in public places.
Dog fouling is a serious health hazard for young children and it causes problems for wheelchair users and people pushing children’s buggies. Offenders can receive a fixed penalty notice of €150.
Dog Licences can be purchased on-line at www.licences.ie or in person at any Post Office. Customers having difficulty purchasing Dog Licences on-line can email email@example.com or phone 1890 200090. The Annual Dog Licences fee is €20 while a Lifetime Dog Licence costs €140.
Owners of multiple numbers of dogs can continue to purchase a General Dog Licence from Wexford County Council at a cost of €400.
Funding from dog licences helps pay for the Dog Warden Service, the collection of stray dogs and the re-homing of unwanted dogs. County Wexford has the busiest Pound in the Country with around 500 dogs impounded in 2020. Over 94% of the dogs were reclaimed or re-homed.
Wexford County Council reminds all dog owners that they must;
• Keep their dog under control when in public (best on a lead).
• Have a current Licence for their dog.
• Microchip and register their dog and have contact details on the dog’s collar.
• Muzzle certain breeds and keep them on a strong chain when in public.
(e.g. Alsatian, German Shepherd, Akita, Bull Terriers, Doberman, Rottweiler etc.)
• Clean up after their dog if it fouls in a public place.
(Wardens are compliant with all HSE COVID-19 Guidelines)
The maximum fine for failure to licence or keep your dog under control is €2,500.