Wednesday December 21, 2011
The DPCA welcomes this signing and would like to thank the Minister most sincerely. It's been a long road, however, today marks a positive outlook for Irish dogs and animal welfare.
The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan, has today (21/12/2011) signed the commencement order for the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010. The Act will come into force on 1 January 2012.
Mr. Hogan welcomed the strong provisions of the Act, stating that these regulations would control the establishment and operation of dog breeding establishments across the country.
“Owners and operators of all dog breeding establishments should strive to achieve the highest possible standards. Breeders acknowledge that the welfare and performance of their dogs go hand in hand. The Guidelines published alongside the legislation will enable people to see the standards that are required” stated Minister Hogan. “The majority of dog breeding establishments in the country are well run and the owners and operators maintain high standards. However, I am well aware of problems with a small number of establishments. This legislation will deal with these operators, who seem to have no respect for the animals that they use for breeding purposes” said Minister Hogan. He went on to say that owners and operators of good quality establishments where dogs are well treated have absolutely nothing to fear from these regulations.
The Minister said that establishments will have a lead in time of six months to apply to their Local Authority to be included in the register of dog breeding establishments. As with other dog control issues, Local Authorities will be responsible for the implementation of the legislation locally.
The Minister also announced the introduction of a new Lifetime of Dog Licence from 1 January 2012. This once off purchase will cover the entire lifetime of a dog. The cost of the Lifetime of Dog Licence is €140 and these special licences can be purchased from Local Authorities, rather than at Post Offices.
The cost of the annual Dog Licence will increase from the current €12.70 to €20. This it the first increase in the annual Dog Licence since 1998. Minister Hogan said that the increase was in line with the increase in the Consumer Price index and was appropriate given the costs of maintaining the dog control services, but added that the fee of €20 was a very modest annual charge.
The cost of a General Dog Licence for owners of multiple dogs will be €400. As with the Lifetime Dog Licences, the General Dog Licence can be purchased from the Local Authorities rather than at Post Offices.