Dog patrols and licence checks

Wexford County Council wardens will be carrying out a series of dog patrols and licence checks throughout the Spring and Summer 2021.

Wardens will be concentrating on un-licensed and un-chipped dogs, dogs not under proper control, dogs not muzzled and dogs fouling in public places. Dog fouling is a serious health hazard for young children, and it causes problems for wheelchair users and people pushing children’s buggies.

Offenders can receive a fixed penalty notice of €150.

Dog Licences can be purchased on-line at or in person at any Post Office.  Customers having difficulty purchasing Dog Licences on-line can email or phone 1890 200090. The Annual Dog Licences fee is €20 while a Lifetime Dog Licence costs €140.

Owners of multiple numbers of dogs can continue to purchase a General Dog Licence from Wexford County Council at a cost of €400.

Funding from dog licences helps pay for the Dog Warden Service, the collection of stray dogs and the re-homing of unwanted dogs.  County Wexford has the busiest Pound in the Country with around 500 dogs impounded in 2020. Over 94% of the dogs were reclaimed or re-homed.

Wexford County Council reminds all dog owners that they must;

Keep their dog under control when in public (best on a lead).

Have a current Licence for their dog.

Microchip and register their dog and have contact details on the dog’s collar.

Muzzle certain breeds and keep them on a strong chain when in public. (e.g., Alsatian, German Shepherd, Akita, Bull Terriers, Doberman, Rottweiler etc.)

Clean up after their dog if it fouls in a public place.

(Wardens are compliant with all HSE COVID-19 Guidelines)

The maximum fine for failure to licence or keep your dog under control is €2,500.

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