- In emergencies, call 01737 276000 and they will contact the Dog Warden immediately.
- To make an appointment to have your dog microchipped email the Dog Warden at [email protected].
- Dog fouling and dog control can be reported to our Joint Enforcement Team (JET).
- If you need to report irresponsible dog owners you can complete our report anti social behaviour online form.
Our dog warden will then arrange a convenient time and date to visit you and your dog.
From 2016, every dog owner in England will have to microchip their dog.
It is a quick, simple and painless procedure that can be done to any dog over 8 weeks. A microchip with a unique number is inserted under the skin on the back of the neck. The owner's details are recorded on a national database and matched to that unique number.
For pricing see the Dog control fees and charges page.
Clean up dog fouling
Faeces can carry and transmit disease to children, particularly toxocariasis which can cause blindness.
Failure to clean up after your dog is an offence and you may face a fixed penalty fine of £80. However, if the fine is unpaid, the owner may be prosecuted and be liable for a fine of up to £2,500.
Public Space Protection Orders
Dog Exclusion and Dog on Lead areas can be found by under the Anti-Social Behaviour section of the ‘Where I Live’ feature. The PSPOs regulating dogs' behaviour were last reviewed in September 2020. The results of the public consultation about the review are on the Current Consultations webpage (under the heading Dog PSPOs). These PSPOs will next be reivewed no later than 2023.
Borough wide orders
Some orders apply to the whole borough:
- Fouling of Land by Dogs Order - it is an offence to fail to remove dog faeces deposited by a dog under your control
- Dogs on Leads by Direction Order - it is an offence not to keep a dog under your control on a lead in an area designated as a dogs on leads area
- Maximum Number of Dogs to be Walked Order - it is an offence to have more than six dogs under your control at any one time
Controlling your dog in public (Gov.uk) - it’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control.
You can report dog attacks on other animals (attacks on people should be reported to the Police) and animal welfare to us.
If you need to report irresponsible dog owners you can complete our Dogs Lost, Found or Complaint form.
The council’s Dog Warden works closely with the RSPCA, Animal Welfare Officers, the Police and Animal Sanctuaries and offers sound and friendly advice to those who need it.