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Animals and Agriculture in Mayo

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Veterinary Services

The Veterinary Section oversees food inspections and the control of livestock diseases.

Dog Information: Dog Control,Dog Warden, Dog Pound, Dog Licenses, Missing Dogs, Barking  Dogs

Dog Control:


Mayo County Council in conjunction with the IFA want to highlight the worrying number of attacks on sheep by dogs in County Mayo over the last few weeks .  These attacks result in sheep and lambs dying from their injuries, lambs being aborted and stock not thriving.

Statistics collated by IFA indicate that the problem of dog attacks on sheep may be in the order of 300 to 400 attacks per annum, with 3,000 to 4,000 sheep injured and killed

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey warned dog owners that their pets can inflict horrendous damage on a sheep flock in an attack and the owners can be held responsible for the losses involved with serious financial and legal consequences.  He said dog owners are responsible for ensuring their pets are under control at all times.

He said the country’s 34,000 sheep farmers are currently lambing down 2.4 m ewes. Pregnant ewes on the point of lambing at this time of year are particularly vulnerable to dog attacks.

John Lynskey reminded all dog owners, including farmers, that they need to microchip and register their dogs by 31st March, 2016.  He said under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, introduced by Minister Coveney, all dogs must be microchipped from March 31st 2016.

Mayo County Council’s Dog warden Laura Mulligan  “ It is important in rural areas, particularly where there is livestock, that dogs are not allowed wander or be off leads. Dog owners should be extra vigilant when walking dogs in areas of commage”   Our Dog Wardens receive calls regularly from farmers who have suffered serious loss and trauma as a result of loose dogs attacking flocks. Any dog can do a lot of damage to sheep in a short length of time.  All dogs should wear a collar with owner details, be microchipped and be licensed.

The IFA has developed a protocol for farmers who encounter a dog attack on their sheep flock.

  1. Stop the dogs
  2. Follow the law
  3. Inform the Gardai
  4. Ring the Dog Warden
  5. Contact the IFA
  6. Ring the Vet
  7. Keep the Evidence/Take a picture
  8. Get a valuation of losses
  9. Inform your insurance company
  10. Tell your  sheep  farming neighbours


IFA Protocol for sheep attack (PDF, 687 KB)

Mayo County Council provides Animal Control services (Dog Warden) as well as a Veterinary Service to prevent the spread of harmful livestock diseases. 

Dog Licences are available at your local Post Office (An Post) or you may apply online for your Dog licence.

For information on livestock-related matters, contact the Department of Agriculture and Food or the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you want to report a missing dog please email us your Dog's details (a brief description and ideally a recent photograph not greater than 2 MB in file size if possible) to the following email address:

Excessive barking which causes a nuisance to any person is an offence. See Barking Dogs Page for further details


Veterinary Department and Dog Warden Contact Information.

Second Floor, Mayo County Council
Aras an Chontae
The Mall

Phone: (094) 9024444
Open: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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