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Barking Dogs

Excessive dog barking that causes a nuisance is an offence. In a good neighbourly manner, let the dog’s owner know how the barking affects you.   If that approach fails a complaint about excessive barking should be made to the District Court.  Before you do this, you must first inform the dog owner of your intention by completing a special form under the Control of Dogs Act, 1986.

Before you do this, you must first inform the dog owner of your intention by completing a special form (see below) under the Control of Dogs Act, 1986 (External Link).

If you go to Court

Your District Court can make an order requiring the reduction of excessive barking by a dog, can limit the number of dogs that can be kept on a premises or can direct that a dog be delivered to a dog warden as an unwanted dog.

Dog Fouling

It is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul a public place. Contact the Litter warden in your local area if any queries on dog fouling. Alternatively, submit a complaint here:

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