Dog owners urged to take the lead and be responsible

Dog owners urged to take the lead and be responsible
Pictured on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are Clement Kennedy, Principal Officer, Animal Welfare and Dogs; Councillor Barry McElduff, Chair; and Brenda Leonard, Enforcement Officer, Dog Control.

Pictured on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are Clement Kennedy, Principal Officer, Animal Welfare and Puppies Councillor Barry McElduff, Chair and Brenda Leonard, Enforcement Officer, Doggy Management.

An essential section of staying a responsible canine proprietor is making sure that your pet is microchipped and licenced.

In Northern Ireland, The Dogs (NI) Get 1983 calls for all pet dog house owners to possess a valid dog licence and renew it on an annual foundation.

It is an offence to continue to keep a pet dog with no obtaining a valid doggy licence, and a fixed penalty of £75 may consequence for failure to do so.

It is also a lawful requirement to microchip your dog, and it should be microchipped just before a canine licence can be received. A microchipping assistance is accessible from most nearby vets.

It is the obligation of homeowners to make sure that their up-to-date get hold of information are registered on the suitable microchip databases. If the details are inaccurate, the dog is not considered microchipped beneath the Canine (Licensing and Identification) Regulations (NI) 2012, and the licence is void.

You can obtain a pet licence on the internet at under the ‘Do It Online’ area, in human being at the Council’s Link Centres in Enniskillen and Omagh, or by submit.

When finishing your licence software variety, it is important to deliver as substantially information and facts as doable, which includes the dog’s name, sexual intercourse, breed, colour and any distinguishing markings.

A conventional dog licence expenses £12.50, a concessionary licence is £5, and a block licence is £32.

A concessionary licence is out there for the initial or only canine of a person over 65 many years of age, on any earnings-linked benefits, or if the canine has been sterilised.

Evidence of age, advantage entitlement, or confirmation from a vet that a dog has been sterilised will be needed at the time of distributing your software.

The Council no more time troubles tags with canine licences, for that reason, all pet entrepreneurs are asked to be certain that make contact with aspects are always hooked up to the dog’s collar on a plate or badge.


Remaining a puppy operator will come with further obligations including daily work out for the pet dog as properly as ongoing fiscal commitments, which really should be thought of in advance of generating a acquire.

The Council does not presently rehome unwelcome canines to the general public nonetheless, it transfers them to animal shelters.

If shopping for a pet dog, the Council asks men and women to consider likely to a nearby animal shelter, these as Canine Trust, Shiny Eyes Animal Sanctuary, Ballinamallard and Grovehill Animal Belief, Omagh.

If you would like any even further details on liable pet dog ownership, or if you wish to utilize for or renew your puppy licence, further information and facts is accessible on the Council’s web-site at

Alternatively, the Council’s Enforcement Officers are joyful to supply data, assistance and information and can be contacted at 0300 303 1777.

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