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  • Head Office: Áras Chill Dara Devoy Park Naas Co Kildare W91 X77F

Veterinary Services

Veterinary Services Contacts:

Control of Horses

Stray Horses can be seized by Kildare County Council under the Control of Horses Act 1996 and associated byelaws adopted by the Council

Some of the reasons for seizure are as follows:

  1. If horses are found wandering on public land.
  2. If horses cause danger to property or persons.
  3. If horses cause a nuisance on public land.
  4. If horses are stabled in a front or rear garden.
  5. Unlicensed horses.
  6. In Athy and Newbridge, where horses are kept on lands within the specific 'exclusion area' and owners are not considered 'exempted person's under the 'Kildare County Council (Athy) Control of Horses Byelaws 2016' or the 'Kildare County Council (Newbridge) Control of Horses Byelaws 2016'..

A horse includes donkey, mule and hinny.

To make a complaint or report stray horses:

Call into to Kildare County Council's Aras Chill Dara Offices (Veterinary Services/ Environment Sections) or contact the office by phoning (045) 980200.

You may also e-mail

For after hours emergencies only, please contact your local Garda Station. Contact details are available at:

The national control of horses leglislation can be found here .

Byelaws in force with County Kildare

1. The County Council of County Kildare (Control of Horses) (No. 1) Byelaws 2000

2. Kildare County Council (Athy) Control of Horses Byelaws 2016