Stray dogs

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 and they will cease to provide a reception facility at Police Stations. They have a duty to deal with dangerous dogs.

If you find a dog straying in the Borough during normal office hours we will arrange for our contractor to collect the dog from you.

During office hours

During normal offices please telephone 01784 451499.

Out of normal office hours

Out of normal office hours please telephone 01932 425060.

Reclaim a dog

To reclaim a dog that has been picked up by us you will have to pay £174.50. 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

Lost a 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 Police Station in case your dog has been taken there.

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

The police has 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 someone thinks they will be attacked, an offence has been committed.

Guard Dogs Act 1975

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.

Microchipping - Important changes announced

In the future all dogs in England will need to be microchipped to help tackle the growing problem of strays roaming the streets. The Government is bringing in compulsory microchipping for all dogs from 6 April 2016 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.

After 6 April 2016, owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities not to have a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they will face a fine of up to £500.