June and July could be wicked months for dog owners in Naas - if they don’t have a licence for their pooches, writes Paul O’Meara.
And some owners will find themselves barking up the wrong tree if they cannot produce a licence and then try to say that the dog ate it.
Kildare County Council’s Dog Warden Service have taken the muzzle off and will be undertaking door to door checks in the Naas area - using compueter data to sniff out unlicenced dogs, like veritable bloodhounds.
“We will be carrying out checks but we would prefer if people bought licences, rather than isuing on the spot fines,” said Eugene Lawlor of the DWS.
Wardens will also check if dogs are properly under control.
On the spot fines can be issued against a dog owner of anybody in control of an unlicenced dog.
A dog licence costs €20 and lasts for a year and other regulatiosn apply to the people in charge of breeding dogs and owners of restricted breeds of dog, who are obliged to conform with extra laws.
On the on the spot fine will cost the recipient €100.