There are lots of positive aspects of owning a dog. It is important however to be a responsible owner so that nuisance is not caused to others or the environment.
Apart from the obvious unpleasant effects of dog fouling there are potential health risks.
Stray dogs found in the district can be picked up and taken to kennels. If the dog is seized and the owner cannot be contacted, the dog will be taken to kennels, where it will be kept for 7 days. If the owner comes forward the dog will be returned on payment of a £25 statutory fine plus kennelling fees. Details of the circumstances when and where the dog was lost and proof of ownership must be provided, eg:
- Vaccination certificates
- Written confirmation from a vet registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- Pedigree certification
- Receipt of purchase
- Pet insurance certificate
When we are satisfied you are the owner and the required fees are paid an officer will contact you to arrange the dogs return. We do not have the facility to return dogs over the weekend or on Bank Holidays. Dogs straying regularly will be taken straight to kennels. The owner shall be informed. Once payment is made we will contact the owner to arrange return of the dog.
If a dog is picked up outside of warden hours an additional £40 will be added to the costs. If the dog is not claimed within 7 days it becomes the responsibility of kennels who will try to find the dog a new home. If a dog is not suitable for re-homing it may be destroyed.
Payment for stray dogs can be taken Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm. If a payment is made after 4.30pm your dog will not be returned until the next working day and additional fees may apply.
If you witness a dog roaming unattended or find a stray please report it to the Dog Warden, telephone 01304 872289.
If you find a stray out of office hours please call 01304 821199. The operator will give you details of the arrangements in place.
If you have lost a dog please contact us on 01304 872289 with the following information:
- Your name, address and telephone number
- Description of your dog
- Date and time lost
- Location when lost
The laws have changed
- By law all dogs must be microchipped from the age of 8 weeks. If your dog does not have a microchip, or your details are not recorded on an approved database, you may be served a 21 day notice. Failing to comply could see a fine of up to £500.
- Also by law all dogs must wear a collar and tag, with their owner’s name, address and telephone number on.
- A microchip is a very small electronic device, which is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner and entered into a central database. If your dog strays, the Local Authority, Vet or Animal Welfare organisation will be able to scan your dog and contact the database to trace ownership.
- Remember to update the microchipping company if you move address or change telephone numbers
- Our Dog Wardens are currently offering a free microchipping service
Every dog must wear a collar and tag with its owner’s name and address when in a public place. It is an offence for a dog to be in a field with livestock without being on a lead or some other form of control. A landowner or anyone acting on their behalf, is entitled to shoot any dog if they believe it is the only reasonable way of stopping it worrying livestock.
Dogs locked in cars
Do not leave your dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes - even if it seems cool outside it can become very hot very quickly. Parking in the shade and/or keeping the windows down does not make it safe!
If you see a dog in distress in a parked car call the Police Service on 101 or the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.
Make sure you have a supply of water and know where you can stop off en-route for water breaks. Dogs are not able to cool down as effectively as humans so could suffer from heat stroke and dehydration very quickly.
It is an offence to:
- allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place
- allow a dog to be dangerously out of control within private property
Any dog is dangerously out of control if:
- it injures a person, or
- it behaves in a way that makes a person worried that it might injure them
If your dog injures another person's animal, or an owner of an animal reasonably believes that they could be injured if they intervened to protect their animal from your dog, then an offence may be committed.
If you do not keep it under control, your dog could be destroyed and you could be banned from keeping a dog or you might be ordered to keep it muzzled when taking it for a walk.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of an incident involving a dog, were in fear of suffering from an injury or you believe a dog to have been dangerously out of control please contact Kent Police to report the incident by telephoning 101. If the police advise you to contact us please refer to The Dangerous Dogs Act 2014 and ask them to deal with your report. If there is an immediate risk of harm or your life is in danger, call 999.
Prohibited types of dog
In addition the Dangerous Dogs Act prohibits four types of dogs from being bred, sold or owned in England and Wales. These dogs are:
- Pit Bull Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
Owners of these banned breeds can apply to the court for their dog to be exempted from the ban if they are deemed not to be a risk to the public. Alternatively the court could order for the dog to be destroyed and the owner could face prosecution.
Owners of suspected banned dogs should be reported directly to Kent Police by telephoning 101.
Constant barking or howling can cause considerable annoyance to neighbours particularly if it occurs at unsociable hours and may lead to enforcement action. Your dog may not like being left on its own for long periods of time but if you do, make sure you ask someone to visit.
If you are disturbed by the noise of a dog barking you can report the problem online.
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Our Dog Warden will contact you to discuss the matter and, if warranted, contact the dog owner.
Rehoming a Stray Dog
Home checks are carried out by the owner of the stray kennel to ensure that when unclaimed stray dogs are re-homed they go to responsible, caring homes. All stray dogs will be micro-chipped and vaccinated by the stray kennel before being re-homed. If you are interested in re-homing a stray, unwanted dog please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not offer a rehoming service for unwanted pets. However there are several organisations that can help rehome an unwanted dog. Each will have different procedures so please check before taking an animal to them.
Below are just a few charities that may be able to take on an unwanted dog:
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Dog Control Areas
A Public Spaces Protection order is in place and requires dogs to be kept on leads in some areas and also bans dogs from some beaches and play/sport locations.