Control of Dogs Act, 1986

Exemption from holding a licence.

5.—A licence shall not be required in respect of any dog—

(a) whilst such dog is in the possession of a local authority;

(b) whilst such dog is in the possession of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or any other person with whom a local authority has entered into an arrangement pursuant to section 15 of this Act;

(c) which is kept by the Garda Síochána and wholly used by a member of the Garda Síochána in the execution of his duty;

(d) which is kept and wholly or mainly used for the purpose of guidance by a blind person or a person whose eyesight is so defective that he is unable to find his way about without guidance;

(e) which is under the age of four months and is kept with its dam or foster-mother;

(f) whilst such dog is in the possession of an inspector (within the meaning of the Diseases of Animals Act, 1966 ), or other officer of the Minister for Agriculture, or a member of the Garda Síochána, for the purposes of that Act;

(g) which is imported into the State for a period not exceeding thirty days;

(h) which is a greyhound and is purchased for export and which is exported from the State within thirty days after the date of purchase;

(i) which is kept by such other class of person as may be prescribed by the Minister.