The Environmental Protection Act 1990 places a duty on councils to take reasonable steps to deal with any dog found straying in a public area.
The Police no longer have any responsibility towards stray dogs although they have a duty to deal with dangerous dogs.
If you find a dog straying in the Borough we will arrange for our contractor to collect the dog from you. The dog must be in a secure place in order for the contractor to pick it up. Alternatively you could take the dog to a local vets who will check if it is chipped and the contractor can arrange to pick the dog up from the vets.
During normal offices please telephone 01784 451499.
Out of normal office hours please telephone 01932 425060.
To reclaim a dog that has been picked up by us you will have to pay £185. If you come to the Council Offices a release form will then be given to you to be taken to the kennels. There may also be kennelling and vet costs to pay. The dog will be kept for seven days after which Battersea Dogs Home will take ownership of the dog
If you have lost a dog please let us know so that we can check if a dog that fits the description of your missing dog has been found and taken to the kennels. It is also worth telephoning your local veterinary surgery in case your dog has been taken there.
It is a legal requirement to have a collar on a dog with the owners name and address inscribed on the collar or on an attached plate/tag/badge when on a public highway or in a public place (subject to a few exceptions).
The police have a duty to deal with dangerous dogs.
It is an offence for any dog that is dangerously out of control to be in a public place. Therefore, if a dog acts in a way that leads someone to think they will be attacked, an offence may have been committed.
It is an offence to let guard dogs wander freely and unsupervised on private land or in any public place. A warning notice must be displayed on all outside walls on any site where a guard dog is present. Owners could be fined up to £5,000 for failure to do so.
All dogs in England must now to be microchipped to help tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets. Compulsory microchipping for all dogs has been in place since 6 April 2016. This was brought in to help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets, relieve the burden on animal charities and local authorities and protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.
Support from Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, means a free microchip will be available for all unchipped dogs in England.
Owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities not to have a microchip will be given an opportunity to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they could face a fine of up to £500.