Irish Animal Welfare Legislation

May 6th, 2009

Reggie Quinn, a volunteer for the GalwaySPCA has kindly submitted the following article. You can visit the GalwaySPCA site at Reggie also runs and can be contacted through this page

“Last July, the Department of Agriculture received many submissions from interested groups and individuals on how Irish Animal Welfare Legislation could be improved. One of those submissions was from myself, a dog owner, student and volunteer with Galway SPCA. I proposed, amongst other things, to modernise the Dog Licence. As there is no incentive at the moment to buy a Licence other than to avoid a fine, I thought it could be made to work harder for the dog owner by making use of modern technology.”

“I proposed that each registered dog would have an accurate description (unique features to aid identification) complete with photograph and owner’s contact information stored on a secure online database. This would make it easier for authorised persons to search these records in the event that a dog is found and help to re-unite dog with owner. Animal Welfare Organisations would be able to differentiate stray from abandoned dogs immediately so that their resources could go towards the care and re-homing of abused and unwanted dogs.”

“On the other hand, if a registered dog were to go missing the owner could alert the database, either online or via a National Lost Dog Hotline. This would flag the dog’s record as ‘missing’ to all concerned, nationwide. A lost dog poster would be automatically generated for the owner using the stored details. Participants could opt to become part of a National Dog Owners’ Network and receive lost dog text alerts in their area, thereby increasing the chances of a lost dog being found and returned to its original home.”

“Dog owners could have other incentives to register their dogs, for example, to avail of a membership card with access to discounted veterinary treatments, accessories etc., negotiated on their behalf. Each online record may also include information about the dog’s past veterinary treatments, vaccinations, and whether they are up to date, to aid veterinary practices. It may also be helpful to show any other databases the dog’s details may be recorded on for example, the national microchip database, ANIMARK.”

“My hope is that whatever the Animal Welfare Bill brings this summer, that it shows Ireland to be a country that cares for all animals and that its policy of killing unwanted dogs is cast into the archives for good.”

Many thanks to Reggie for this news contribution. Do you have dog related news, a story or tip you wish to share? Email us or use the online contact form here. Great to see so many people using the site

April 21st, 2009

Hi All,

We had some problems with the hosting of the site yesterday but thankfully this has now been sorted. 

It is great to see so many people using the site and to see dogs being reunited. 


Dun Laoghaire Dog Foulers Told to Clean Up their Own Dirt

March 30th, 2009

Fine Gael Councillor for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor has called the ‘active implementation of the rules and penalties’ relating to dog owners who do not remove their pets’ waste from public places and dispose of it in a proper manner. In addition, she has called on ordinary members of the public to make their disapproval known and to shame offenders into living up to their obligations.

Councillor Mitchell-O’Connor made her call in response to the increasing problem of dog fouling in prominent locations throughout Dun Laoghaire. The Fine Gael Councillor stated:

“Dog owners surely realise that as well as being unsightly and foul smelling, dog faeces is a source of disease and presents a particular danger for young children. Despite this, and despite the legislation in place to deal with the problem, many dog owners simply ignore their responsibilities. Evidence of this can be seen in prominent locations such as Dun Laoghaire Pier, along coastal pathways and Dalkey Hill but the problem increasingly prevalent in many other areas”.

“Put simply some dog owners do not have the decency to remove their own dog’s dirt and are only too happy to leave the cleaning up to others. It seems that nothing short of naming and shaming the offenders will address the problem and I am calling for the active policing of the legislation dealing with this issue. This involves having dog wardens on patrol throughout the day and into the evening.”

“Least there be any doubt, dog fouling is covered under the law. Under the Litter Pollution Act dog owners must remove their pets’ waste from public places and dispose of it in a proper manner. The obligation applies to public roads and footpaths, areas around shopping centres, schools/sports grounds, beaches and the immediate area surrounding another person’s house. Most urban areas in the country have signage indicating that dog fouling is prohibited so there is no excuse though you’d imagine most people would not need to be reminded about something so basic. However, where people offend, the legislation provides for on the spot fines for offences and we need to see these imposed”.

“It seems however that we could have a hundred dog wardens in place but the problem will persist until other members of the public make their disapproval known. Perhaps by peer pressure this problem can be dealth with. It seems however that the very people who moan about other forms of littering and are quick to complain about other local issues that annoy them are content to let their dogs foul up our public places”.

Many thanks to Mary Mitchell-O’Connor for this news contribution. Do you have dog related news, a story or tip you wish to share? Email us or use the online contact form here.

How Do I Upload or Submit a Dog to the Front Page?

March 29th, 2009

To upload/submit your dog to the site, follow these steps:

At the top right side of each page is the LOGIN or REGISTER form. You must first register on the site to upload a dog.


  • On the REGISTER form, click on the username box. Type your desired username (must be longer than four letters and be a single word with no spaces e.g. billybob).


  • Next, click on the email box and type your email address (this must be a valid email address).


  • Now click on the password box and type your desired password.


  • Check the box confirming you agree to the terms and conditions of using the site.


  • Finally, click on the REGISTER button.


  • Now you are registered with, you can upload/submit your dog.
  • Click on the SUBMIT link from the main menu.


  • Once on the UPLOAD DOG page, type in the details. If you have a photo, click browse and browse your computer for the photo.
  • When all details have been entered, click on the SUBMIT button.

Note: If you have selected a photo, please be patient once you click on the SUBMIT button. A large photo may take several minutes to upload.

Your dog will immediately be posted to the front page of

Post Photos of Lost and Found Dogs and Reunite Dogs with Owners

March 20th, 2009


Hi there, you are very welcome to the website and thanks for visiting. Some of you have been asking what this site is all about and I’m pleased to say it’s a really simple idea!


If you have lost or found a dog, you can upload it to this site right now. No waiting around, your post will appear on the site immediately. Start by registering through the form on the top-right of the page. It’s a completely free service to use and all you need is an email address (your email address is always kept private). Once you have registered, click on the submit button and type in the information required. Obviously, if you have a picture this will help immensely but you don’t need to have one.


Now, people have asked should they post their Phone Number. Personally, I would not do this due to the potential for prank calls. I know you are anxious to be contacted but if someone does recognise the dog you have submitted to, they will leave a comment or post a private message to you. The website will email you when this happens.


Also, do you have a beautiful photo of your dog? Why not share it with the community. Submit your photo to the Gallery and bring a smile to everyone :) If somebody’s picture is incredibly cute or funny, post a comment or private message to show your appreciation!


This site is new, launched March 2009 and we would love to hear any feedback or new features you would like to see. Email us or use the online contact form here.

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