Leitrim Community Wardens will conduct house-to-house dog licence checks throughout the county in the coming weeks.
According to Leitrim County Council “It is apparent that many dogs in the county are unlicensed.”
The Community Wardens will issue On-the-Spot fines to any dog-owner found without a licence.
Dog licenses may be purchased on-line at www.leitrimcoco.ie for a cost of €20. They may also be purchased at any Post Office. All dogs over four months of age must be licensed. It is imperative that dog owners keep their dog under effective control at all times.
Sheep kills have been all too common in Co Leitrim in recent years.
A dog attack causes a devastating effect on the health, welfare and productivity of sheep and enormous financial consequences for the flock-owner.
Anyone who has witnessed the effects of a dog attack on sheep at first hand will testify to the grim reality of the after-effects. Dog owners should take care to lock up their dogs particularly at night. Remember even a friendly family pet can become a killer when hunting in a pack.
Leitrim County Council says “There have been a number of reports in recent months of dogs roaming loose in housing estates and towns.
“A number of persons have been bitten by stray dogs in recent months. It is imperative that dogs are kept under control at all times.”
Dogs which are found straying or which are not kept under control will be seized by the Dog Warden Service.
There is a substantial fine and reclaim fee for the return of seized dogs to their owner, the Council warns.