Dog Warden Service

We mainly deal with matters relating to stray dogs.

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.

Dog control orders

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 the Orders.