This one-day intensive training programme provides expert legal guidance to dog wardens on the scope of their duties and powers. It will also give them the skills to identify prosecutable cases, undertake lawful investigation and prepare a file for successful prosecution.
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
Stray, dangerous or unlicensed /un-microchipped dogs
Dog fouling or noise pollution
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