We are required by law to deal with stray dogs, we have an Animal Warden to deal with many aspects of dog and animal control, including:
- Care of stray dogs
- Enforcement of Dog Control Legislation (Dogs Act 1871, etc)
- Enforcement of Dog Fouling Legislation Enforcement of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (barking dogs, etc)
- Promotion of responsible dog ownership
We employ one full-time Animal Warden who is usually available between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4pm on Friday. To contact the Animal Warden, please call the Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 01522 873378.
Every animal has five basic rights, which are required by law under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. These are:
Freedom to express normal behaviour
Animal owners need to provide proper room for movement in order to prevent suffering. Dogs should not be chained in a garden for long periods of time. All animals should be able to behave in a natural manner. This means providing sufficient space and proper facilities. Depending on breed, dogs should receive anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour’s exercise every day.
Freedom from hunger and thirst
All animals need access to clean, fresh water. All animal owners have a responsibility to ensure that the adequate and proper food is provided for their animal to maintain full health and vigour.
Freedom from discomfort
All animals should be provided with a suitable environment in which to thrive. In the case of dogs that are kept outside, they should have a clean, draught free building or kennel, which protects them from the elements. Kennels should be cleaned out daily and disinfected regularly to ensure the dogs’ continued good health. All animals should be provided with suitable bedding and should be cleaned on a regular basis. You need to ensure that your animal has adequate room to lie down comfortably, groom themselves and get up and down easily. The environment should take into account the animals’ welfare needs and be designed to protect them from physical and thermal discomfort.
Freedom from pain, injury or disease
All animals should be provided with proper veterinary treatment, when needed. You should also ensure that you have taken every precaution to avoid your pet being injured in the first place. You should also ensure that your pet has had any vaccinations on a regular basis that may be needed.
Freedom from fear and distress
All animals have the right to live in conditions which avoid stress and mental suffering.
Tel: 01522 873378