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Helpful Tips from our Dog Warden

Meath County Council dog warden Alan Nolan would like to urge owners to get their pets micro chipped and registered.  Over the summer months we saw an increase in ‘dognapping’ cases in Ireland. Below are some tips to help keep your dog safe.

  • Ensure your dog is registered.  If found when scanned the microchip will show who the dog belongs to.
  • Make sure you know where your dog is at all times and ensure they don’t have access to a public road.
  • Ensure you have proof of ownership. This includes micro chipping, a photo of your dog with you or in your home and a license.
  • Make sure to vary the times and places you walk your dog to avoid creating a pattern for thieves to track and plan around.
  • Don’t leave your dog tied outside a shop or other public places. This creates an ideal opportunity for thieves.
  • Don’t leave your dog in the car. Rising temperatures are one risk, but they could make a tempting target for a thief.

If a dog is stolen, it’s important to act quickly; immediately report the theft to Gardaí, report the loss to your local authority, your vet and your dog’s microchip company.  Spread the word on social media and display posters where possible.