Local Authorities have a statutory responsibility for dog control under multiple Acts, regulations and bye-laws. Under these pieces of legislation, Local Authorities appoints Dog Wardens who have the many powers including the power to impose fines and the power to prosecute. Despite these powers fines, enforcement and convictions rates are still relatively low compared to the amount of dog related complaints received.
This training day will provide:
Expert legal guidance on the Dog Warden’s powers of enforcement including:
- Legislation: understand the acts, regulations and bye laws that empower the Dog Warden
- Confidently identify offences and breaches / non-compliance of legislation
- Enforcing dog related legislation
- Issuing fines / penalties / notices / orders
- Investigating complaints in line with current legislation
- Compiling the case file in line with current legislation
- Prosecution and Control Orders
- Witness in court proceedings where necessary
- Liaising and working alongside other agencies, such as, animal welfare organisations, Gardaí, Government Departments.
An overview of dog warden’s principal accountabilities including:
- Dog health and welfare
- Dog breeders
- Stray, dangerous or unlicensed /un-microchipped dogs
- Dog fouling or noise pollution
- Worrying livestock
It is also the role of the Dog Warden to educate the public about their role and legal responsibilities as pet owners. This might involve them visiting local schools to try and educate the children about the responsibilities involved in owning a pet.
Legislation covered in this training programme include:
- Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013
- Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010
- Control of Dogs Act 1986-2010
- Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1851
- Protection of Animals Act 1911 and 1965
- Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 and relevant bye laws
This course can also be run specifically for your organisation, which is a good option for training a large number of employees cost-effectively.
"The day was brilliantly done, excellent knowledge of all topics and questions asked were answered with minimal effort. Interactive and friendly throughout. Would highly recommend this course. Notes were clear and concise and all information was relevant to our jobs. Thank you so much."
Ashleigh Daly, Community Warden, Meath Co. Co.
La Touche Training delivers this legal training course in-house for local authorities throughout the country. Training can be run at a time, date and venue suitable to you.