The Dog Enforcement Service undertakes the Councils statuary obligations regarding
- Stray dogs
- Fouling Enforcement
- Aggressive dogs
The Council has a legal obligation to seize any stray dogs found roaming in the community. The Dog Enforcement Wardens will help you if you lose your dog, but please reduce the chance of your dog becoming lost by keeping it under your control when exercising and ensuring your property is secure by repairing fences and closing gates.
It is an offence to allow your dog to stray. If a dog is found the Dog Enforcement Wardens will make every effort to seize it.
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 requires dogs whilst on a public highway or in a public place, to wear a collar with sufficient identification of the owner inscribed on it and that failure to comply with this Order may lead to legal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court and a fine of up to £1000.
From the 6th of April 2016 the Micro chipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 requires all dogs which are older than 8 weeks to be micro chipped and registered to an approved database unless they are a certified working dog for the purposes of section 6(3) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
If a dog carries identification, on a collar and tag or micro-chip the Council will try and return the dog. From 1 November 2015, a £30 fee will be charged for the Dog wardens returning your dog if it is found lost or straying.
Unfortunately, the Dog Enforcement Wardens are unable to return dogs if the owner or appropriate agent is not at home or the wrong details are recorded on the tag/microchip or if a dog is found to be consistently straying. In these circumstances the dog will be taken to the Council’s designated kennels which are subject to a release fee. This charge is higher than the Dog Warden returning a dog to you. The charges are £70 (2018/2019) and £20 per subsequent day up to seven days. Dogs are liable to be disposed of by transfer of ownership or destruction if not claimed within 7 days and all relevant fees paid.
Claiming a lost dog
To claim a dog you will need to provide proof of ownership. A photograph, a pedigree history, vaccination card or proof of ownership (such as a purchase receipt) are helpful when you are claiming a lost dog.
The Council has introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order under section 59 of ABCPA 2014 which requires any person in charge of a dog which has defecated to immediately put the faeces in a dog waste bin or a litter bin marked as being available for dog waste; or remove the faeces from the public place.
This order applies to all public places (as defined in section 74(1) of ABCPA 2014) in the district of the Council. The order comes into force and applies for three years from 1 October 2017. The Dog Enforcement Wardens regularly patrol the borough at various times of day, including outside office hours and weekend.
Any person caught allowing their dog to foul and failing to remove the faeces forthwith can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 or could be prosecuted in the magistrates’ court for a criminal offence and be fined up to £1,000.
If you have any concerns regarding aggressive dogs or have been attacked, please contact the Council for the Dog Enforcement Warden to investigate.
Serious dog bites should be reported to the police.
Any complaints about dogs will be responded to as quickly as possible, but always within 2 working days.