Five Animal Welfare Officers cover the whole of Northern Ireland and work on a regional basis. They enforce animal welfare in respect of non-farmed animals e.g. domestic pets of any vertebrate species and equines (horses and donkeys).. The Officers can take a range of action to improve the welfare of non-farmed animals including providing advice, issuing an improvement notice, taking an animal in to their possession, and initiating prosecution action.
If you need to report an animal welfare issue in the Borough during office hours Monday – Friday 9am-5pm you should contact the number below. After 5pm Monday to Friday, at weekends and over holiday periods your call will be diverted to an answering service.
Telephone: 028 2566 0412
Welfare complaints in respect of farmed animals (that is animals bred or kept for the production of food, wool or skin or other farming purposes) should be referred to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. During office hours Monday to Friday 9am-5pm telephone - 0300 200 7840. At weekends – contact a local Private Veterinary Practice or PSNI.
Welfare complaints in respect of wild animals or animal fighting should be referred to the PSNI station.