Spending by Kildare County Council on the operation of a dog warden service is estimated to drop in 2014.
Next year it is estimated the Council will spend €200,000 on the service, which is operated by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
At their Budget meeting on 16 December, the Council agreed to a budget of €185,000, a cut of 7.5 per cent in the budget.
Cllr. Ivan Keatley noted the €15,000 cut in the service.
Director of Services, Joe Boland, said the dog service was stretched, adding: “They do a very good job on limited resources.”
He said that they did not expect a drop in the service.
Of the overall veterinary service budget, the estimate for other animal welfare services, including horse control, will remain at €55,000.
The budget for the inspection of abattoirs will also remain the same at €237,500, while that for food safety is €25,000.
In addition to the above, another €55,351 is being added to the budget to cover “service support costs” or administrative costs for the schemes.