Dog warden service
The primary function is to apprehend and deal
with matters relating to stray dogs.
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- Stray dogs which are seized or collected are
kenneled for a minimum of seven days during which time the dog
may be reclaimed by the owner on payment of a release fee
of £35 plus kenneling fees and any veterinary fees.
- After this seven day period the dog may be
sold, re-homed or destroyed.
- In practice, very few dogs are destroyed
although in some circumstances the animal’s health or temperament
may be such that it not considered suitable for re-homing.
Officers of the service enforce a number of
Dog Control Orders made under the Clean Neighbourhoods and
Environment Act 2005 (see below for details). A number of
prosecutions are taken each year against irresponsible dog owners
who allow their dogs to foul public areas or otherwise contravene
Dog control orders
The Council has introduced a number of Dog
Control Orders. These orders were made on 16 August 2012 and
come into force on 1 October 2012.
The Dog Control Orders replace the previous
system of byelaws and other orders for the control of dogs and
designations needed under the Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, which
have been repealed.
Penalties for non-compliance with the Dog
Control Orders is a fixed penalty notice of £75
payable within 14 days (£50 if paid within 7 days).
A person guilty of an offence is liable on
conviction to a fine not exceeding £1000.
Details of the Dog Control Orders are
available using the links opposite.
Environmental Services has responsibility
for a range of animal welfare matters such as the inspection of
licensed boarding kennels, pet shops, dangerous wild animals, zoos
and riding establishments.
The Council promotes responsible dog ownership
and the service works with partners such as RSPCA, Dogs Trust,
schools and town and parish councils to further this.
I am very concerned about dog fouling. Who can I report it
Our Dog Warden Service can help. They enforce
fouling laws and can either issue a fixed penalty fine or prosecute
if they catch a dog owner letting their dog foul in a public place.
They can also carry out letter drops in an area if it is suffering
from the actions of irresponsible dog owners. Please report
dog fouling incidents to the Dog Warden Service on 01723 232323 or
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We rely on public support to provide evidence of those
irresponsible dog owners who do not comply with the law.
How can I dispose of dog mess?
Always take a poop scoop or carrier bag with you when you walk
your dog. The Council provides dog refuse bins in some areas that
are popular with dog walkers. If there are no bins around take the
poop scoop home and dispose of it. If that is not possible, then,
providing the waste is tied in a plastic bag it is acceptable to
dispose of it in a litter bin. The absence of dog bins in a
particular area is not a reasonable excuse to fail to pick up your
Can I take my dog on the beach?
The council operates seasonal dog bans on five of its beaches
(Scarborough North Bay, Scarborough South Bay, Filey, Whitby and
Sandsend) throughout the summer (1 May to 30 September). At other
times and on other beaches you are free to take your dog.
I have lost my dog. What can I do?
Please contact our Dog Warden Service, who will be able to
help you. You should also contact the Police. We maintain a Lost
Dog register and will note the details and notify you should a dog
fitting the description be found.
What is a stray dog?
A stray dog can simply be classed as a dog without an owner
that is present or in control.
Most stray dogs are family pets that have escaped.
Some dogs may have been abandoned by their owners.
Dogs that have been let out to exercise themselves rather than
being walked are also considered strays.
Why do strays have to be collected?
Stray dogs can foul land.
They may act aggressively.
They may cause injury to road users and to themselves.
What happens if the Dog Warden picks up a stray dog?
Should a dog be picked up straying, provided that it is
wearing a collar and tag, or has been microchipped, on the first
occasion it will be returned to its owner with no charge.
If a dog is picked up on a second or subsequent time or is not
identifiable, then it is seized and taken to the kennels. The owner
is notified if known and must pay a release fee of £35 and any
kennelling and veterinary fees before they can reclaim their
What happens if a dog is picked up and the owner cannot be
Where it is not possible to identify the owner of a straying
dog, because it is not wearing a collar and tag and is not
microchipped, then the dog is taken straight to the kennels where
it is kept for seven clear days or until the owner comes forward to
claim the dog.
What do I do if I find a stray dog?
Firstly, see if it has any identification on it which may
allow you to contact the owner to return it. If this is not
possible, then in normal office hours Monday - Friday 8.30am -
5.00pm you should report this to the Dog Warden Service, who will
arrange for the dog to be collected.
Outside normal office hours, you can telephone the Council Out
of Hours number on 01723 351558 who will advise you where to take
the dog. The Council cannot collect dogs outside normal
What happens to the dog if it is not claimed by the owner?
After seven clear days have elapsed, if the dog has not been
claimed by its owner, the dog is disposed of, usually through
Are dogs put to sleep?
A dog would only be put to sleep on veterinary advice to
relieve suffering or if the dog was not suitable for rehoming due
to its temperament or age.
What is Microchipping?
Microchipping is the most effective way of permanently
identifying your dog. The microchip is a small implant (the size of
a grain of rice) that can be painlessly inserted into the scruff of
the neck of your dog.
It contains a registration number unique to your pet so if
they do go missing and is found, they can be quickly reunited to
its rightful owner.