Dog war­den heads West to sniff out un­li­censed mutts

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE dog war­den is head­ing for West Kerry to sniff out un­li­censed mutts and fine their law-break­ing own­ers.

No­tices posted through the let­ter­boxes of houses through­out Din­gle warn dog own­ers – and even peo­ple who don’t have a dog at all – that ev­ery dog must have a li­cence. Of­fend­ers face a fine of €100 for each un­li­censed dog.

The no­tices don’t say that Kerry County Coun­cil has any rea­son to be­lieve the dog own­ers of Din­gle and sur­round­ing ar­eas are fail­ing to meet their li­cens­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties but, just in case, they’re re­mind­ing peo­ple that dog li­cences can be bought at the post of­fice or on­line at pay­ments.ker­rycoco.ie.

Un­der the Con­trol of Dogs Act, ev­ery dog aged over four months must be li­censed, and the per­son hold­ing the li­cence must be at least 16 years old.

A per­son also has to be aged over 16 to have a Bull Mas­tiff, Dober­man Pin­scher, English Bull Ter­rier, Ger­man Shep­herd, Ja­panese Akita, Ja­panese Tosa, Rhode­sian Ridge­back, Rot­tweiler, Stafford­shire Bull Ter­rier or Ban­dog – or any cross of th­ese breeds – in a pub­lic place. And when they’re out, th­ese ‘dan­ger­ous’ dogs must be muz­zled and kept on a short leash.

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