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:
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.
Should you wish to report any of these issues to the Police please call 101 unless it is a serious emergency.
As a responsible dog owner you need to be aware that the law requires you to do the following things: