Dogs

Dog warden

The dog warden will carry out the following duties:

  • Respond to requests for service relating to dangerous / aggressive dogs. The Dog warden will also liaise with the Police on the identification of banned breeds and the enforcement of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
  • Respond to requests for service relating to stray, lost, or found dogs. Where possible within the resource available, the Dog Warden will also undertake targeted patrols of the Borough to detain stray dogs and assist owners who have lost their dogs.
  • Respond to requests for service relating to the Public Space Protection Order [Dog Control] 2017. Where possible within the resource available.

Stray dogs

If you wish to report a stray or lost dog during working hours please contact the Council.

If you wish to report a stray or lost dog after 4pm or at weekends/bank holidays, please contact Animal Wardens. The Animal Wardens will only collect a stray dog if it has been secured.

Our Dog Warden staff will investigate reports of and collect stray dogs wherever possible. If the owner of the dog can be identified and the dog has not been found straying before then we will look to return the dog to its owner.

If we cannot contact the owner then the dog will be taken to our kennel facility.

If the owner of the dog cannot be identified or if the dog has been found straying on a previous occasion, then it will be taken to our kennel facility.

Stray dogs are kept at our kennel facility for 7 days for their owners to claim. Re-homing or euthanasia of the dogs will be carried out after this period.

A description of all the dogs taken to our kennel facility can be viewed at the Animal Wardens' website.

In order to reclaim their dog, owners must contact Animal Wardens on 0151 374 2174 and pay a reclaim fee in full before the dog will be returned.

  • If a dog is reclaimed within 48 hours of arriving at the kennels, the reclaim fee is £65.00 per dog.
  • If a dog is reclaimed after 48 hours of arriving at the kennels, the reclaim fee is £100.00 per dog.

If you are worried about a dangerous breed or a dog that is out of control, please contact your local police station on 0151 709 6010.

It is a legal requirement that all dogs must wear a collar and tag (even if microchipped) when in a public place. The tag must be inscribed with the name and address of the owner.

Public Space Protection Order [Dog Control] 2017

This Dog Control Order came into force on the July 14, 2017

The following requirements / restrictions summarised below are included within the Order

  • Failure to remove your dog’s fouling forthwith.
  • Restrict the number of dogs that can be walked by one person to a maximum
  • of 6 dogs on or off the lead.
  • Prohibit dogs from entering enclosed playgrounds.
  • Prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified times.
  • Dogs to be kept on a lead within defined picnic sites and family areas in parks.
  • Dogs to be kept on a lead within all public roads and footways.
  • Dogs to be kept on a lead within all cemeteries and crematoria.
  • Dogs to be placed on a lead when directed by an authorised officer to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to members of the public.

Downloads 

Fouling Of Land By Dogs Order (pdf 511KB)
PSPO Dog Control Order (pdf 4.19MB)

Last Updated on 01 August 2017

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