Dog warden service in Purbeck
The Purbeck dog warden is responsible for handling and kennelling stray dogs, promoting responsible ownership and enforcing bye-laws. Dog fouling, stray and lost dogs can be reported to Purbeck District Council online.
Purbeck's dog warden has many roles
handling and kennelling stray dogs
promoting responsible attitudes to dog ownership
enforcement of local bye-laws and national dog legislation
Stray dogs in Purbeck
Any dog straying is likely to be picked up by the dog warden. A dog owner has seven days to claim their dog back and pay, in full, a fixed fee which includes the kennelling, vaccination and administration fees. Please note all dogs taken to kennels will routinely be vaccinated for Parvovirus.
Dogs not claimed within seven days will be put up for re-homing. It is also an offence under the Control of Dogs Order 1992 (opens in a new window) for a dog to be in a public place without wearing a collar with the name and address of its owner inscribed on it or with a disc attached to it.
The maximum fine for this offence is £2,000. We will collect stray dogs during normal office hours, please call 01929 556561.
Stray dogs out of normal office hours, at weekends and bank holidays
The Council has two reception centres for dogs found straying out of hours. If you have found a dog out of normal office hours at weekends or bank holidays and cannot hold onto it or leave it with a neighbour until the next working day please call 01929 556561. You will be put through to our out of hours call centre who will give you details of where to take the dog.
Report a stray dog in Purbeck online
Lost dogs in Purbeck
Purbeck District Council holds a register of all dogs seized or reported lost so if you have lost your dog please call us.
Local Police stations will also hold details of stray dogs reported to them.
Report a lost dog in Purbeck online
Dog fouling in Purbeck
There are a number of areas within in the district where it is an offence to let your dog foul and not remove it. Areas include parts of Lytchett Matravers, Studland, Middle Halves, and Upton recreation field, West Halves Sports Field and Swanage beach.
If you have any doubt whether or not you have a legal duty to clear up after your dog then please contact us. Irrespective of whether an area of land is covered by a bye-law, any dog owner still has a moral duty to ensure that their dog's faeces does not cause a problem to any other person. In areas where the Dog Fouling Order does not apply you may still be asked to 'bag it and bin it' - find out more about the 'doggy do code' (opens in a new window)
Report an incident of dog fouling in Purbeck online
Serious incidents involving dogs and owners who commit criminal offences will be investigated by the police, this would include where someone was bitten or in fear of being bitten, both offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989 (opens in a new window). The dog warden will investigate minor incidents which do not involve legal action where the matter can be resolved informally.
The dog warden service can be accessed by calling 01929 556561 or by email to email@example.com
Why you should be a responsible dog owner
dogs not kept under proper control can cause road traffic accidents, attack other dogs, pets and even people
dog faeces are thoroughly unpleasant and can carry diseases such as toxocariasis which has been known to cause blindness, especially in young children
How you can be a responsible dog owner
ensure that your dog wears a collar and identity tag at all times
ensure that your house and garden is secure so that your dog cannot just ´wander off´
keep your dog on a lead at all appropriate times
clear up after your dog and dispose of the mess appropriately
Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations Requests
We occasionally receive requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 about dogs, including stray dogs and dog fouling. Before submitting an information request, please check this document (pdf, 21kb) (opens in a new window)as it may contain the information you are looking for.
If you cannot find the information here that you require and decide that you wish to make an information request, please note that some information about dogs is classed as environmental information. Environmental information is not within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and requests for environmental information are dealt with under the Environmental Regulation Information Regulation 2004.
A charge may be payable for environmental information - please check this pagefor more information.
Name: Public Health and Housing Services (Purbeck)
Tel: 01929 556561
Fax: 01929 557351
Full details for Public Health and Housing Services (Purbeck)