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Dog warden service in North Dorset

North Dorset District Council provides a dog warden service. Dog fouling and stray dogs can be reported to North Dorset District Council.

Have your say about dog rules in North Dorset

Residents, visitors and organisations in North Dorset are being invited to have their say on rules about dogs. People are being asked what they think about dogs in public places, like parks, and also when they should be on a lead.

After considering people's views, North Dorset District Council will draw-up new Dog Control Orders. These will then be introduced as part of Public Space Protection Orders. 

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Report a stray dog to North Dorset District Council

To report a stray dog please phone 01258 454111.

How to recover your dog

Found stray dogs received by the council will be taken to secure kennels for safekeeping, where they will be fed and exercised and, if necessary, veterinary treatment can be administered; find out details of dogs taken into kennels in North Dorset at Lost Dogs UK (opens in a new window). Dogs held in kennels can be reclaimed by the owners upon payment to the council of all fees and charges (pdf, 100kb) (opens in a new window), including costs incurred by the council.

To reclaim your dog:

  • firstly, you will need to attend the council offices at Nordon, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 7LL during office hours (and no later than 3pm) to confirm ownership and pay all fees and charges; you will then be given a Release Certificate
  • present the Release Certificate to the kennels, whereupon your dog will be released to you; please note that the kennels are situated approximately 7 miles outside of Blandford.

Important notes for dog owners:

  • dogs which remain unclaimed will, after 7 days have elapsed, become the legal property of the council and will then be rehomed
  • the council's policy is that dogs will only be released following payment of ALL fees and charges
  • veterinary treatment will be provided at the discretion of the council, but is generally restricted to primary care and the alleviation of suffering; owners will be responsible for any and all veterinary costs incurred, including vaccination against Kennel Cough and Parvovirus

Lost Dogs

If you have lost a dog please visit Lost Dogs UK (opens in a new window) and refine your search to North Dorset District Council.  This is a database of dogs found in North Dorset and is updated daily, therefore you are recommended to check the site regularly.  You can also follow a link from the site to a national lost dog database and record details of your lost dog there.

Dog fouling in North Dorset

Dog waste can be securely bagged and placed in any waste bin in the North Dorset district; you can report dog fouling for cleansing in North Dorset online.

We have placed numerous 'no fouling' signs throughout the district, mainly on lamp posts adjacent to streets and highways.

If you are aware of a problem area where fouling is occurring or witness a fouling incident and wish to provide a statement, please contact the council on 01258 454111

Related documents

North Dorset District Council Dog Control Order

North Dorset District Council Dog Fouling Byelaw for grass verges (pdf, 146kb) (opens in a new window)

North Dorset District Council Dog Fouling Byelaw (pdf, 88kb) (opens in a new window)

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