With many people thinking about buying a puppy this Christmas, don’t forget that a dog isn’t just for Christmas, and that there are a few things you need to do as a responsible dog owner. To make it easier and more convenient, especially at this busy time of the year, dog owners in Mid Ulster are being encouraged to license their dog online, via the Mid Ulster District Council website.
To license your dog, it must first be micro-chipped. This can be done for a small fee by your vet or for free by the Dog’s Trust. Microchipping involves having an identification tag inserted painlessly into your dog; making the job of returning your dog to you much easier should it stray or get lost.
To license your dog online please follow these simple steps:
Visit www.midulstercouncil.org/dogsonline and click ‘License Online’. This will direct you to the Council Direct portal. You must first register your details with the portal and then use these details to login.
Once you have logged in, please choose ‘Dog Licensing’ under services available. This will direct you to the dog licensing page where you can choose to ‘Submit Licence Application’, ‘View Current Licences’ or ‘Cancel a Licence’.
To submit a dog licence application, please complete the four step process with the details required. Once complete, you will be asked to pay via a WorldPay secure payment webpage. Once payment has been made, your dog will be fully licensed.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Ronan McGinley commented: “The online dog licensing service allows you to licence your dog from the comfort of your own home, while only taking 5 minutes of your time. I would like to emphasise that everyone who owns a dog must have it licensed by law, even if you are not required to pay a fee. This online service will allow you to do so with little difficulty.”
There are a few exemptions to dog licensing, these include; a puppy under six months old which is kept by the person who is also the keeper of the mother; an assistance dog used by a disabled person; or a police dog.
For more information on the Council’s online services please visit http://www.midulstercouncil.org/Online-Services