By Ciara Phelan
Dog Wardens with Limerick City and County Council are now beginning on the spot inspections of dog licences.
Dog owners around Limerick City and County will be required, on request, to produce a license for their dog meaning dog owners should now carry their dog license on them while out with their pet.
John McCarthy, Veterinary Inspector with Limerick City and County Council said, “Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 it is unlawful for a person to keep a dog without a dog license. Please note that persons found in ownership of a dog for which they do not have a licence may be liable for a fine of €100.”
According to Citizens Information and the control of dogs, you must be over 16 years of age receive a dog license and it is an offence to keep a dog unless you have a license.
All dogs over the age of four months must have a license. Dogs aged under four months who are still with their mothers do not need a license but having left their mothers, must have a license.
Dog wardens can now ask you to produce your dog license and failure to do so can result in an on-the-spot-fine. Failure to pay this fine within a specified time period can result in prosecution.
Dog licences can be bought for €20 at Limerick City and County Council offices at Merchants Quay or any Limerick City and County Council Area Office. They can also be purchased at any Post Office.