Dog Warden Service

The Dog Warden service is available between 08:45 and 17:15 Monday to Thursday and 08:45 - 16:45 on Fridays.

The Dog Warden has powers to deal with:

  • stray and lost dogs
  • fouling
  • Excessive dog barking

but does 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)

Stray/Lost Dogs -

Please contact us if you find a stray dog or have lost your dog. If a dog is picked up and it is wearing a collar and tag, and is micro chipped, it is easier to reunite 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 these hours please contact our out of hours cover on 01522 782235 where you will be given advice on what to do next.

What should I do if I've lost my dog:

  • Contact Environmental Health and they will be able to ascertain 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.

In order to avoid this please:

  • Ensure that your dog cannot get out.
  • Ensure that it 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.

Useful information

The Dog Warden has a Facebook page where information about lost and found dogs is published.

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. Please see the noise nuisance page for more information.

Microchipping - As of 6 April 2016 it is compulsory for dog owners to get their pets microchipped. Please see the RSPCA Microchipping page for advice.

Neutering - If you require information on neutering your pet please see the RSPCA Neutering Page for advice.

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