New Legislation: Ear-cropping of Dogs
September 6, 2023
Summary below of S.I. No. 412 of 2023, Ear-cropping of Dogs Regulations 2023 [Link: gov.ie – Animal Welfare (www.gov.ie)], with links to guidance notes and relevant forms.
Effective from September 1st, 2023:
Import of Dogs with Cropped Ears
- An import licence issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will be required to import a dog with cropped ears into Ireland.
- An import licence must be applied for at least 5 days in advance of import.
- A dog with cropped ears imported under licence must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate stating the veterinary purpose for carrying out ear cropping procedure.
Link: Guidance Note re. Import of Dogs with Cropped Ears
Link: Guidance Note for Import Operators & Transporters
Link: Application Form for Import Licence
Link: Import Licence Template
Possession or Control of Dogs with Cropped Ears
- A person shall not have in their possession, or under their control, a dog whose ears have been cropped after September 1st, 2023 unless the person has:
- an import licence,
- a veterinary certificate indicating ears were cropped for veterinary purposes or
- a written record issued by a listed charity indicating that the dog had cropped ears when rehomed by the charity.
Sale or Supply of Dogs with Cropped Ears
- A person shall not sell or supply a dog with cropped ears, with the exception of charities specifically listed by the Department.
- Current listed charities: ISPCA, DSPCA, Dogs Trust.
- Where a listed animal welfare charity sells or supplies a dog with cropped ears, a record is to be provided to the dog owner.
Link: Criteria for Listing of Charities to Sell or Supply Dogs with Cropped Ears
Link: Form for Listed Charity Rehoming Dogs with Cropped Ears
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