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Dog warden service in West Dorset

West Dorset District Council

The West Dorset Dog Warden gives advice, educates and may take formal action, including the service of fixed penalty notices and prosecution in appropriate cases. Dog fouling, stray and lost dogs can be reported in West Dorset online.

How to contact the Dog Warden

Please contact us for the most immediate response. Please see the District Council's Stray Dog Charges (pdf, 136kb) (opens in a new window) for this service.


We are currently upgrading our reporting tool and are unable to accept complaints reported online at this time. If you would like to make a complaint please contact us, we apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Dog fouling

Report it

You can also contact us about:

  • unreasonable and excessive levels of dog noise
  • attacks from dogs on other animals
  • breach of Dog Control Orders

Where and how to walk your dog

There are a number of Dog Control Orders you should be aware of when walking your dog in West Dorset.

Dog fouling order (pdf, 34kb) (opens in a new window)

Dogs on sport pitches and childrens play area order (pdf, 55kb) (opens in a new window)

Lyme Regis dog orders (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)

Lyme Regis dog exclusion order (pdf, 512kb) (opens in a new window)

Lyme Regis dogs on leads order (pdf, 446kb) (opens in a new window)

Lyme Regis beaches map (pdf, 4Mb) (opens in a new window)

West Bay exclusion order map (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window)

West Bay dogs on leads order (pdf, 22kb) (opens in a new window)

Mistreatment or neglect of dogs

The Dog Warden is not responsible for the investigation of mistreatment or neglect of dogs. If you are concerned about the treatment of a dog you should contact the RSPCA (opens in a new window) on 0300 1234 999.

Further advice

The Dog Warden is happy to speak to members of the public on all dog related issues, if you have any queries please contact the Dog Warden on 01305 251010. Further information can be found in the  District Council's Dog Owners Guide (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window).

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