Dog warden service
The dog warden service will collect dogs which have already be caught and will look for and catch stray dogs which are reported. Dogs may be returned to the owners providing they have identification or they may be taken to an animal shelter. Not many dog owners know that it is a legal requirement to ensure their dog wears a collar and tag at all times when in a public place and that offending owners can risk prosecution with a fine of up to £5,000. As of April 2016 all dogs in England must also be micro-chipped and the details on the chip must be kept up to date. Owners who fail to comply with this legislation risk being fined a maximum of £500.00
Lost and stray dogs
When a lost or stray dog is picked up by the Dog Warden, all reasonable steps will be taken to contact the dog owner. If we cannot identify the owner, we will keep the dog for a period of 7 days.
Should your dog be seized as a stray and taken to either our holding kennels or to our out of hours operators, the following charges will be made and are payable to Stroud District Council prior to collecting your dog. (Please note there is no waiver for those in receipt of benefits, the full fee must be paid):
|1 day (includes day your dog is seized)||£70|
|Returned directly to owner||£35|
If your dog is wearing a collar and tag or is microchipped and the Dog Warden is able to return your dog directly to you the charge is £35.
Please contact the Council on 01453 754465 if you wish to make your payment over the telephone alternatively you can pay at the Council offices. Please note payments cannot be taken outside of our working hours. Therefore dogs taken in on a Friday evening cannot be collected until Monday morning and will incur a four day charge.
In accordance with section 149(8) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Council keeps a register containing the prescribed particulars relating to stray dogs. The register is available at the Council Offices, at all reasonable times, for inspection by the public free of charge.
What to do if you have lost a dog
If you have lost a dog, please telephone 01453 754478 during normal office hours.
What to do if you have found a dog
If you have found a stray dog, please telephone 01453 754478 during normal office hours or our out of hours service on 01453 766321 during evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays, who will direct you further. Please note, there is no stray collection service during out of hours.
The Council will investigate dog fouling complaints but prosecution is only possible if there is a least one witness prepared to give evidence. The maximum fine is £1,000. The Council also provides anti fouling signs and poop scoop bins where appropriate.
You can report dog fouling online here
Responsible dog ownership
Stroud District Council actively promotes responsible dog ownership and encourages all dog owners to neuter and microchip their pets and to be aware of their responsibilities under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Adopted Dog Control Orders
Stroud District Council has adopted Dog Control Orders, making it a legal requirement for all dog walkers (other than those with a registered assistance dog) to clean up after their dog has fouled. This order applies to anywhere in the District to which the public have a right of access. Anyone witnessed not cleaning up, could receive an on the spot fine of £75 or a maximum £1000 fine should the matter proceed to Court. The Council provides around 500 specific dog waste bins, but dog walkers can also use any litter bin or their general household waste bin to dispose of their dog waste. Dog walkers can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 for littering if they fail to dispose of poop scoops in the correct manner.
Dog fouling facts and myths
Few subjects stir the emotions as much as dog fouling. Dog walkers who fail to clean up leave behind a deeply unpleasant and potentially harmful problem. As with all emotive subjects there are a number of myths that have grown over the years to the point that they are accepted as truth. So, let’s try to deal with this “false news” and get our facts right!
Aggressive dogs are those animals that behave in an aggressive manner, bite or attack other animals or people. Both the Police and the Council have powers to deal with aggressive dogs.