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Dog Warden Service in Purbeck

Stray dogs in Purbeck

Any dog straying is likely to be picked up by the Environmental Enforcement Officer. 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 1992or 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.

Report a lost or stray dog

You will need to register on our online portal to report a stray dog to us.

Stray dogs out of normal office hours, at weekends and bank holidays

We have 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.

Dog fouling in Purbeck

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'

Report an incident of dog fouling

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

Dangerous dogs

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 1989The Environmental Enforcement Officer will investigate minor incidents which do not involve legal action where the matter can be resolved informally.

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.

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