Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (153)

Bernard Allen


240 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he proposes to provide proper resources for the ISPCA and rescue centres to implement dog welfare measures. [6230/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Animal welfare is a matter for the Department of Agriculture and Food in the first instance. My Department's responsibility lies with the Control of Dogs Acts 1986 and 1992 and regulations made thereunder which provide a regulatory framework for dog control. Some local authorities employ the ISPCA for dog control in their areas and revenues raised from dog licence fees are used for this purpose. In addition, my Department has in recent years paid an annual grant of €35,352 to the ISPCA for the operation and maintenance of a national guard dog register.