Control of Dogs Act 1986


Number 32 of 1986


CONTROL OF DOGS ACT 1986

REVISED

Updated to 31 January 2018


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Control of Dogs Act 1986. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Act 2018 (1/2018), enacted 31 January 2018, and all statutory instruments up to and including Appointment of Special Adviser (Minister of State at the Department of Defence) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 27 of 2018), made 30 January 2018, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

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Number 32 of 1986


CONTROL OF DOGS ACT 1986

REVISED

Updated to 31 January 2018


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Control of Dogs Acts 1986 to 2014 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation ( Local Government Reform Act 2014 s. 1(10)). The Acts in this group are:

Control of Dogs Act 1986 (36/1986)

Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992 (13/1992)

Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 (29/2010), Part 3

Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (15/2013), s. 77

Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014), s. 1(10), s. 5(6) and sch. 2 part 6

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

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Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 (29/2015)

Local Government Reform Act 2014 (1/2014)

Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (15/2013)

Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 (29/2010)

Fines Act 2010 (8/2010)

Local Government Act 2001 (37/2001)

Litter Pollution Act 1997 (12/1997)

Control of Horses Act 1996 (37/1996)

Local Government Act 1994 (8/1994)

Local Government (Dublin) Act 1993 (31/1993)

Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992 (13/1992)

All Acts up to and including Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Act 2018 (1/2018), enacted 31 January 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

Control of Dogs (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 156 of 2013)

Control of Dogs (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 700 of 2011)

Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 442 of 1998)

Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs (Amendment) Regulations 1996 (S.I. No. 295 of 1996)

Protection of Animals Act, 1911 (Section 1) (Variation of Fines) Regulations 1994 (S.I. No. 148 of 1994)

Local Government Act, 1991 (Reserved Functions) Order 1993 (S.I. No. 37 of 1993)

Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs) (Amendment) Regulations 1991 (S.I. No. 146 of 1991)

Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs) Regulations 1991 (S.I. No. 123 of 1991)

Control of Dogs Act, 1986 (Guard Dogs) (Amendment) Regulations 1989 (S.I. No. 329 of 1989)

Control of Dogs Act, 1986 (Guard Dogs) Regulations 1988 (S.I. No. 255 of 1988)

Control of Dogs Act, 1986 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 1987 (S.I. No. 79 of 1987)

Control of Dogs (No. 2) Regulations 1987 (S.I. No. 59 of 1987)

Control of Dogs Regulations 1987 (S.I. No. 30 of 1987)

The Control of Dogs Act, 1986 (Commencement) Order 1987 (S.I. No. 16 of 1987)

All statutory instruments up to and including Appointment of Special Adviser (Minister of State at the Department of Defence) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 27 of 2018), made 30 January 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 32 of 1986


CONTROL OF DOGS ACT 1986

REVISED

Updated to 31 January 2018


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS


Acts Referred to

Animals Act, 1985

1985, No. 11

Civil Liability Act, 1961

1961, No. 41

Diseases of Animals Act, 1966

1966, No. 6

Dogs Act, 1871

1871, c. 56

Dogs Act, 1906

1906, c. 32

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act, 1960

1960, No. 17

Dublin Police Act, 1839

2 & 3 Vict. c. 78

Dublin Police Act, 1842

5 & 6 Vict. c. 24

Finance Act, 1925

1925, No. 28

Finance Act, 1926

1926, No. 35

Finance Act, 1963

1963, No. 23

Finance Act, 1983

1983, No. 15

Foreshore Act, 1933

1933, No. 12

Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1976

1976, No. 20

Protection of Animals Act, 1911

1911, c. 27

Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act, 1965

1965, No. 10

Protection of Animals Acts, 1911 and 1965

Public Health (Ireland) Act, 1878

1878, c. 52

Statute of Limitations, 1957

1957, No. 6

Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1851

14 & 15 Vict. c. 92

Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act, 1854

17 & 18 Vict. c. 103

Town Police Clauses Act, 1847

10 & 11 Vict. c. 89

Wildlife Act, 1976

1976, No. 39


Number 32 of 1986


CONTROL OF DOGS ACT 1986

REVISED

Updated to 31 January 2018


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSING AND CONTROL OF DOGS AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIVESTOCK FROM WORRYING BY DOGS AND OTHERWISE TO AMEND AND EXTEND THE LAW RELATING TO DOGS; AND TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH. [17 th December, 1986]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

E1

Collectively cited Control of Dogs Acts designated as primarily the responsibility of the Minister although functions conferred on local authorities (1.01.2002) by Local Government Act 2001 (37/2001), s. 63(2)(a) and sch. 12 part 1, S.I. No. 588 of 2001.