Responsible dog ownership

Responsible dog ownership

A dog that is loved, well cared for, and properly trained can provide a lot of pleasure and hours of companionship. Owners have a responsibility to look after their dogs to ensure that their pets stay healthy and have a good quality of life. This includes providing sufficient food, exercise, vaccinations, medical attention, and training.

Dog wardens

Dog wardens deal with stray dogs, and help to enforce the law on dog fouling.

We deal with:

  • Collecting stray dogs
  • The enforcement of legislation involved with dog fouling

Dog warden services are provided by SDK Environmental Ltd on behalf of the council.

What we don’t deal with:

  • Rehoming
  • Welfare
  • Dangerous dogs

For rehoming or welfare issues, please contact the RSPCA or another rehoming organisation.

For Dogs dangerously out of control. please see the web page.

To report a dangerous dog, please contact Thames Valley Police

Dog fouling and dog bins

It is your responsibility to clear up after your dog if it fouls in a public area. Owners who don’t comply can be fined up to £1000.

Dog fouling

Are you experiencing problems with dog fouling within the district where you live, work or play? If so, see the web page for more information.

To report dog fouling to our street cleansing team, please fill in the online form.

Dog Waste Bins

Dog waste bins are emptied on a weekly basis. If the dog bin is damaged or full, please contact us using the online form

Dog identification

As of 6 April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Please remember that you must also keep your dog’s microchip information up-to-date.

By law, all dogs in public places should wear a collar and tag giving the name of the owner and their address and telephone number.  This law still applies despite the requirement for microchipping your dog.

Lost dogs

If you’ve lost your dog, call the dog warden service on 03444 828338 to report it missing and to check if it’s been picked up. The service is available 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week. You can also check the dog warden’s website to see if your dog has been found.

If the dog warden finds your dog, you will have to pay a fee before you can take it home. You will also be required to pay for kennelling and any other expenses incurred by the council as a result of your dog’s detention.

A one day in kennels cost is £86.80 Each additional day costs an extra £13.80.

The dog warden will hold your dog for 7 days before it is placed for adoption.

Found dogs

If you find a stray dog, you can call the dog warden to collect it on 03444 828338, between 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week.  Outside of these hours you can request the dog warden to collect confined dogs only on 03444 828346.

You can choose to keep the dog if the dog warden finds that your home is suitable. You must be willing to keep the dog for at least 1 month, after which time you can choose to keep or rehome it. The legal title of the dog will remain with its original owner.

More information:

Dangerous Dogs

Rehoming or Welfare issues

Caring for your dog - the Dogs Trust website

Microchipping

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals

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