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Dog warden service in Christchurch and East Dorset

Christchurch and East Dorset councils have an Animal Welfare Officer and a Dog Warden dealing with stray dogs, dog fouling and dangerous dogs.

Stray dogs

If a dog is picked up as a stray then we will attempt to re-unite the dog with its owner. It is important, therefore, that your dog wears a collar and tag with your name and address on it.

This is a legal requirement, as is the requirement for your dog to be micro-chipped.

However, if we are unable to identify or make contact with the owner of the dog we will take it to kennels. The owner will then have to pay a statutory fine, together with any expenses incurred, before they can reclaim their dog. The statutory fine payable is £45 (£25 statutory payment and £20 administration fee), the daily kennel charge is £13.16 and should the dog be picked up out of normal office hours there may be an additional out of hours charge of £12.50. If your dog is not micro-chipped the council also has the legal power to carry this out on your behalf and pass this charge onto the owner.The owner will not be able to reclaim their dog until all charges have been paid in full.

If a dog remains unclaimed after seven days they will be passed on to a rescue centre for re-homing.

How to report a stray or lost dog

You can report a lost or stray dog to us by completing a short online form.

Or you can telephone 01202 795185 in office hours. If calling outside of office hours, please listen to the recorded message and telephone the mobile number given.

You may wish to  contact neighbouring councils (opens in a new window) especially if you live near a council boundary.

Dog fouling

It is an offence not to pick up after your dog has fouled and failure to do so can lead to a fixed penalty.

How to report an incident of dog fouling

You can report dog fouling to the council by completing a short online form

We receive many complaints about dog fouling each year and the Dog Warden and the Animal Welfare Officer carry out regular patrols to enforce the dog fouling legislation across the district.

Dangerous dogs

The council investigates complaints where people have been bitten by dogs or have felt threatened by a dog.

If you wish to report a dangerous dog then contact Public Health (opens in a new window)

Part of being a responsible dog owner is to ensure that your dog is under your control at all times.

Micro chipping dogs

All dogs picked up by the council as strays, are scanned for a microchip to try and re-unite the dog with its owner. All dog owners are required by law to have their dogs micro-chipped. Failure to comply could result in the issue of a fixed penalty notice.

The council can offer a micro chipping service, please contact Public Health (opens in a new window) for details. Alternatively your local vet should offer this service.

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