Dog Warden service
Our Dog Warden service is available between:
- 8.45am and 5.15pm Monday to Thursday, and
- 8.45am and 4.45pm on Fridays.
Our Dog Warden has powers to deal with:
- stray and lost dogs
- excessive dog barking.
However, we do not have powers to deal with:
- dangerous dogs (please contact the police)
- animal cruelty and animal welfare issues (please contact the RSPCA)
- unwanted pets (please contact rehoming centres).
We have a Dog Warden Facebook page where information about lost and found dogs is published.
We can investigate an allegation that the barking is unreasonable. If the noise level is shown to be so, then our Environmental Protection team has powers to take further action against the owner. Please see our noise nuisance page for more information.
Microchipping and neutering
Since April 2016, it is compulsory for dog owners to have their pets microchipped. Please see the RSPCA Microchipping advice.
If you require information on neutering your pet, please see the RSPCA neutering advice.
Stray or lost dogs
Please contact us if you find a stray dog or have lost your dog, by calling 01775 761161.
If a dog is picked up and it is wearing a collar and tag, and is micro chipped, it is easier to reunite it with its owner. Only contained dogs will be collected after 5pm.
If you find a dog within working hours, contact the Dog Warden on 01775 761161 who will collect the dog and take it to the holding kennels.
If you have lost or found a dog outside of our working hours, please contact our out of hours service 01522 782235 where you will be given advice on what to do.
If you've lost your dog
Contact us using the numbers provided above and we'll be able to determine if a dog matching the description of your dog has been collected as a stray. We will endeavour to reunite dog and owner as soon as possible. However, if this cannot be achieved and the dog has to be kennelled, there will be a seized dog fee of £75 and other charges to cover kennelling and veterinary costs, as necessary.
The best advice we can offer you is that you:
- ensure your dog cannot get out our home boundary
- ensure that your dog has a collar with a current contact telephone number and/or address
- get your dog micro-chipped
- keep the information on the micro-chip up to date.