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Dog and Animal Wardens

What is the role of the Dog and Animal Warden Service?

The Council's Dog and Animal Warden Service deals with a wide range of dog and other animal issues.

The Wardens' primary role is in relation to dog control, whether that is enforcing the legislation around responsible dog ownership, or providing advice, and time permitting, educating interested groups and promoting the service.

In addition they provide expert advice to the Council's Licensing Team on welfare issues for various animal establishments that require a licence.

Further information is available on the following issues: 

What do the dog wardens do on a daily basis?

The Dog Wardens patrol the District on a daily basis during the week and operate flexible hours so that they can patrol at times when dogs are liable to be exercised.

Much of the time they are patrolling the District focusing on particular problem areas or responding to complaints. They aim to respond to a complaint about a stray dog within hours and all other types of complaints within 7 working days.

In addition, the Dog Wardens seek to educate dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership by supporting 'Good Dog' schemes and giving talks and presentations to interested groups and schools, but this is very much time permitting.

The stray dog service is available 8:30am to 5:00pm weekdays, with a stray dog collection service available at weekends and on public holidays. Anyone who detains a stray dog outside of these hours is asked to hold the dog until the following morning when arrangements will be made to collect the dog.

What do the Police deal with?

  • Dogs acting in a dangerous or aggressive manner (giving people reasonable fear of attack)
  • Dogs worrying livestock on agricultural land
  • Road traffic collisions involving dogs
  • Control of guard dogs
  • Dogs being used for illegal purposes (i.e. poaching)
  • Dogs in cars on hot days

Should you wish to report any of these issues to the Police please call 101 unless it is a serious emergency.

Responsible dog ownership

As a responsible dog owner you need to be aware that the law requires you to do the following things:

  • Your dog must wear a collar displaying the name and address of the owner or on a disc attached to it even if it has been micro-chipped so that the owners can be traced in the event of an accident or if your dog goes missing.
  • You must clean up after your dog fouls any area to which the public are entitled access (by way of payment or not). Failure to remove faeces immediately will result in a fixed penalty of £75.00 being issued to you. If you fail to pay within 14 days you may then be liable to prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.00.
  • You must not let your dog out on its own at any time. If your dog is found on its own by a Dog Warden you will be liable to pay to have it released as well as all costs incurred.
  • You must not let your dog bite or attack any person or other animal.
  • Barking dogs can be considered a nuisance and enforcement action may be considered in dealing with persistent offenders. Officers from Environmental Protection may undertake investigations into noise nuisance. Please visit the  Noise nuisance page for more information.