Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1169, 1170)

Bríd Smith

Question:

1169. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the legislation under which persons can obtain a licence to run a dog kennel. [19186/19]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

1170. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the checks carried out on dog kennels to ensure a minimum standard of care for animals; and the checks carried out to ensure that animals are not being neglected or treated cruelly. [19187/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1169 and 1170 together.

Most Boarding Kennels come under the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010 which applies to any establishment with more than six female dogs capable of breeding. This legislation is overseen by the Department of Rural and Community Development. According to statistics published by that Department, there were thirty nine Commercial Boarding Kennels registered under the legislation at the end of 2017.

The licensing and inspection under this legislation is carried out by the relevant local authority.