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Mayo County Council Dog Wardens Service Wish You And Your Furry Friends A Wonderful Christmas And New Year

Date: 05-12-2023

2023 proved to be another bustling year for Mayo County Council's Dog Wardens Service. Our efforts encompassed caring for dogs under our watch and raising awareness among County Mayo residents.

Laura Mulligan, one of our Dog Wardens, earned a nomination to the Working Group on the Control Dogs, a National multi agency group entity focused on enforcing dog legislation.

Throughout the summer, our dog wardens conducted vital door-to-door campaigns in rural areas, educating residents on various aspects of dog Control and Licencing.

They also featured on Midwest Radio on 6th February, shedding light on the Irish Farmer's Association campaigns regarding sheep worrying and lambing season.

Information days in schools and meetings with resident associations emphasised responsible Dog ownership, while our participation in the National Dog Conference in Tullamore on 7th September further showcased our commitment. In 2023, calls from the public addressed concerns such as dog attacks, stray dogs, and behavioural issues.

Contemplating a Christmas dog addition?

Getting a dog is a big under taking for any individual or family and should not be taken lightly.

Adopting from a rescue is recommended. Assessing that a dog fits in to your lifestyle, providing companionship, nutrition, and exercise are crucial for their well-being.

Animal Welfare Groups

Mayo boasts four prominent animal welfare groups, including:

Mayo Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Mayo SPCA), rescuing and rehoming animals across County Mayo.

Ainmhithe is a small independent sanctuary that has been taking care of abandoned and neglected animals.

Furry Friends Animal Rescue do tremendous work caring for animals, and Northwest SPCA are another wonderful animal rescue.

Remember if adopting a restricted breed, they will require to be muzzled, kept on a strong lead and led by a person over 16 years of age when in public.

The listed breeds include:

  • The American Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Ban Dog
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Bull Terrier
  • German Shepard/Alsatian
  • Japanese Akita
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • And any crossbreeds of the above

There are responsibilities of owning a dog: purchase of an annual or lifetime licence at or a local post office. Ensure the dog is microchipped and registered on a database with a microchip certificate. Vet expenses, covering vaccinations and quarterly worming. Proper training, emphasizing positive reinforcement, fosters a rewarding relationship. Concerns about behaviour can be addressed with local vets or animal charities.

Find comprehensive information on our website section: Dog Warden

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