Lisburn faces a huge problem with stray and unwanted dogs roaming its streets. So why do so many dogs end up dumped on the streets or in the Council’s kennels? The most likely reasons appear to be:
The first thing a Dog Warden will do if he finds a stray dog is to try to identify its owner. If the dog is wearing an identity tag or is microchipped, this is not a problem, but unfortunately, most dogs picked up by the council do not wear identification.
The Council Dog Warden Service takes unidentified dogs to the Council’s Dog Kennels in Altona, Lisburn.
Most people think of a stray dog as one without a home. This is not the case. The Dogs (NI) Order 1983 describes a stray dog as any dog that is not on its owner’s property and not accompanied by any person. The Dog Warden can seize any straying dog and impound it until the owner can be traced.
If you find a stray dog, contact the Council’s Dog Wardens on 028 9250 9395 and they will arrange to collect the dog from you.
If you really want a dog of your own why not rehome a dog by contacting our Dog Wardens at the number listed.
Lisburn City Council operates its own kennels where stray and unwanted dogs are kept until reclaimed, rehomed or humanely destroyed.
The opening hours are Monday – Friday 12.30pm – 2.30pm
or by an appointment between 9.00am – 5.00pm
Lisburn City Council actively seeks to rehome any dogs that are not reclaimed or any unwanted dogs that are brought to the kennels by their owners. If you could give a dog a good home please do not hesitate to contact the dog wardens.
Get a licence for your dog and make sure that it always wears its licence tag with the unique number on its collar.
Ensure your dog has an identification tag as well as its licence disc on its collar. The tag should contain the owner’s name and telephone number.
It is now a condition of any dog licence that the dog is microchipped so as to provide a permanent means of identification as well as a tag. Microchipping is a veterinary procedure in which a small capsule, the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the dogs skin. The chip contains a unique reference number that can be linked to a computer database containing the owners contact details. Lisburn City Council scans all dogs that are brought into its kennels and would strongly advocate microchipping as an additional means of identification.