There are strict regulations for domestic dog control and you should be aware of the legislation with regards to your domestic animals.

A dog is ‘at large’ if it is in a public place and it is not under the effective control of a person; or without the consent of the occupier, in or on a public place that is occupied or private premises that are occupied.

A farmer also has regulations to consider in relation to the number of working dogs that can be kept on farm.

It is worth noting that any dog found at large on land being used for livestock-related activities can be destroyed by the landowner.

Local council animal control officers are responsible for dealing with dogs at large. Your local council can also provide information about policies on registration and control of domestic dogs.

  • Never dump your unwanted puppies or dog (it is against the law). Please contact your local animal care centre – they will be able to provide advice and assist with the re-homing of unwanted puppies and dogs.

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