Animal welfare services
The Animal welfare sections responds to both reports from the
public, and undertakes proactive patrols. The aims of the service
are to reduce the risk to human health from domesticated animals
and/or the premises where they are kept, to prevent nuisance from
pet animals or from the keeping or boarding of pet animals and to
reduce the risk to animal health arising from commercial keeping of
pet or similar non-livestock animals.
Cruelty to animals – who should you call?
If you suspect that an animal of any kind is being subjected
to any form or cruelty then the only organisation that can legally
deal with this is the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty
to Animals (RSPCA), you can contact the National Cruelty Helpline
on 0870 5555 999.
The County Council has formal links with the Department of
Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in enforcing national legislation
governing the health and welfare of farm animals. This includes
responding to complaints of neglect or ill treatment of livestock
on farms, during transport, at markets, etc.
The identification and registration schemes that are in place
to control animal movements are also overseen by North Yorkshire
County Council, along with the issuing of animal movement licences
for on farm movements and movement to slaughter.
The Dog Warden Service
The Dog Warden Service provides a range
of services across the Borough. The primary function is to
apprehend and deal with matters relating to stray dogs. Since
2008 the Council has had sole responsibility for stray dogs in the
Borough, previously the Police shared this
responsibility. 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
Following a comprehensive review and extensive
public consultation 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.
In addition, 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.
External Website Links
The Council works closely with the RSPCA who will investigate
issues regarding alleged cruelty.
The Dogstrust is a charitable organisation promoting the
welfare of dogs. The Council works with the organisation in
The County Council is responsible for the health and welfare
of farm animals alongside the issuing of animal movement