Control of Horses Service Dublin City council provides a control of horses service in order to address the problems arising from practice of irresponsible horse ownership in the City area. Problems associated with keeping such horses in the city include neglect and cruelty suffered by horses, damage to public property including parks, sports pitches and grass verges, danger posed to public safety and general nuisance posed by presence of horses in public places.
Horses which have been seized for offences under the Control of Horses Act 1996 or Dublin City Council’s Control of Horses Bye laws 2010 are transported to the City Council’s officially designated pound. A detailed description of the horse is taken and it is also scanned for a microchip. The vet issues any treatment deemed necessary. If the horse does not have a microchip, one is inserted.
Individuals, who want to reclaim their horse, must produce a horse passport and all the relevant documentation that is required before their horse will be released. Under Dublin City Council’s Control of Horses Bye Laws 2010 ‘The City Council may recover from the owner or the keeper of the horse all fees payable in respect of the horse, including fees for keep, veterinary fees and transportation fees incurred by the Council.’ Fees are based on the per horse cost to the City Council of providing the service annually and are reviewed on a yearly basis.
The current cost of reclaiming a horse is €700 per horse plus an additional €20 per night per horse for horses held over and above the statutory 7 day period.
A horse licence issued by Dublin City Council is required to legally keep a horse in the Dublin City Council’s control area. Licences are issued to keep horses at specific locations which have been inspected and approved for this purpose by the City Council’s appointed veterinary inspector. The City Council will only issue a licence where there are adequate facilities to ensure the safe keeping of the horse and where the requirements of the Control of Horses Act and Control of Horses Bye Laws are satisfied . A licence application form can be obtained from:
Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Block 4 Ground Floor, Wood Quay, D8
The licence costs €31.74. Following submission of a licence application the Council’s veterinary officer will contact the horse owner to arrange an inspection.
EU legislation dictates that all horse owners must be in possession of a horse passport to identify themselves as the owner of the animal and to have a detailed description of your animal including the microchip number. Details of approved passport issuing bodies can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture Website.
Licensing Unit, Community, Culture, Economic & Emergency Services Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
3 No person shall (subject to Articles 3(a) ,3(b) and 3(c) of these bye laws) keep or have charge or control of a horse in the control area without a current licence issued by Dublin City Council being in force in respect of the said horse.
4a. No person shall at any time have, keep, ride or drive a horse in a public place except in such portion thereof as may for the time being be set apart to be used as an equestrian ride or carriageway or market or fair area and is clearly identified as such.
4b. Notwithstanding the provisions of 4(a) a person may have a horse on a public road provided the horse is licensed under the provisions of the Act, is fitted with a bridle and is adequately controlled by a person over16 years of age.
11a. Where an authorised person or a member of the Garda Síochána suspects that a person is in breach of these Bye-Laws and directs the person to desist from so offending, the person shall obey the direction of the authorised person or a Garda Síochána.
11b. An authorised person or a member of the Garda Síochána may seize and detain any horse where he has reason to suspect that the horse is being kept, or ridden or driven in an area contrary to these Bye-Laws.
PART III SCHEDULE A
STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF STABLING FOR A HORSE
Height = 3.7m (12ft), if sloping, lowest point = 3m(10ft).
Width x Length = for smaller horses, i.e up to 14 hands (148cm at shoulder), 3.7 x 3m (12ft x 10ft), for horses from 14 hands up to 16 hands (between 148 and 163cm at shoulder) 3.7m x 3.7m (12 x 12ft), for larger horses i.e. over 16 hands (over 163cm at shoulder), 3.7 x 4.3m (12ft x 14ft).
Roof = weatherproof, durable, non-flammable, giving rise to no marked variation in temperature of stable.
Floor = impervious, slip proof, slope towards door of 1 in 60 to external drain.
Internal surfaces of walls; impervious and easily cleaned. Stable to be dry.
Doors 1.2m (4ft) wide and 2.1m (7ft) height in two halves, strong and secure. Top of lower half safely protected against horse chewing it. No internal protrusions in stable by which horse could injure itself.
Lighting = Adequate and safe lighting.
Air = Adequate ventilation - minimum of 42m3 (1500 cub ft) per horse with 6 complete air changes every hour and no draughts.