The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until July 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Dog Control

  • Micro-chipping

    Micro-chipping is a simple way to make sure your dog can be identified if it is separated from you.

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  • General Information for Dog Owners

    Under the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, all local authorities are responsible for the control of dogs. Local authorities have the power to appoint dog wardens, provide dog shelters, seize dogs, impose on-the-spot fines and take court proceedings against owners

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  • Dog Fouling

    Under Section 22 (of the Litter Pollution Act, 1997) , it is not an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul in a public place, however it is an offence to let your dog foul and fail to remove and dispose of the foul subsequently.

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  • Statistics

    See attached link for annual statistics provided by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government on Dog Control in Offaly and in other Local Authorities.

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  • How to make a control of dogs complaint

    When making a dog related complaint, please provide the following details:

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  • Dog Breeding Establishments

    Information on Dog Breeding Establishments and the Register of Dog Breeding Establishments in Offaly.

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  • Barking Dogs

    How to deal with excessive noise due to a barking dog.

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  • Dog control during lambing season

    Dog control during lambing season

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  • Press Release 11 March 2021 - Dog Control During Lambing Season

    The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., relaunched a Department of Agriculture advertisement, reminding dog owners that sheep worrying by dogs remains as big an issue as ever, particularly during lambing season.

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  • Dog Pound

    Offaly Dog Pound is always looking for suitable homes for stray or unwanted dogs. Please contact the Dog Pound on (057) 9351181 for information on dogs currently seeking a home. The Dog Warden may pick up dogs that are in a public place and are not accompanied by their owner or a responsible person.Dogs that are not under proper control may also be seized by the dog warden and the Gardaí and brought to the dog pound.

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