Dog Warden Service - Public Health Services
How we provide this service
This service is supported by Environmental Services, Waste Services.
The Dog Warden has powers to deal with:
- excessive dog barking
- lost or stray dogs
but has no powers to deal with:
- dangerous dogs
- animal cruelty
- unwanted pets
Contact Police or RSPCA for these matters.
What to do to get this service
The Dog Warden service is only available in normal office hours.
Outside of office hours: if the dog is lost/found/stray telephone 07939 357577. Unfortunately they will only be able to collect contained dogs.
Further Information on this service
Lost Dogs - If the dog has already been found, it may have been taken to the kennels and you may recover it on payment plus a kennelling fee.
Otherwise the Dog Warden will look for it whilst patrolling the district.
Found Dogs - The Dog Warden can give advice and come and collect the dog and take it to the holding kennels. Hopefully, the owner will come forward and claim the dog but if not, it can be considered for re-homing after seven days.
Barking Dogs - We can investigate an allegation that the barking is unreasonable. If the noise level is shown to be so then the Environmental Protection Team has the powers to take further action against the owner.
Dog Fouling - The Dog Warden regularly patrols the district and will take action if anyone is observed allowing their dog to foul on the public highway. If you see someone doing this, the Warden can investigate further but you must provide details of the person's address even if you do not know their full name.
How much will it cost?
If your stray dog has been collected by the Dog Warden this fee is £25.00. Additional fees for kennelling of the dog will also need to be paid.
Links to forms, leaflets and websites providing more information
A useful website to visit if you have lost your dog is DogLost.co.uk
Q. My dog has got out and run away.
A. Contact Neighbourhood Services and they will be able to ascertain if a dog matching the description of your dog has been collected as a stray.
Q. What you can do to help?
- Ensure that your dog cannot get out
- That it has a collar with a current contact telephone number and/or address
- Consider having your dog micro-chipped
Q. People keep letting their dogs foul on the path in a particular location.
A. Report the matter to Neighbourhood Services by contacting Customer Services, or use our online form - report dog fouling. The Dog Warden will seek to include the area within patrols. You will be asked if you are able to provide a statement to identify the guilty party.
Q. I have found/seen a stray dog.
A. Contact Neighbourhood Services to arrange for the Dog Warden to collect the dog, or use our online form - report stray dog. If you feel confident approaching the dog and it is willing to allow you to handle it, keep the dog somewhere where it can be safe until the Warden arrives or, if it is possible to contact the owner, arrange for them to come and collect it.
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If you have any queries about the information provided above, or require further information, please contact Customer Services on 01775 761161 or email email@example.com.