Dog warden

Dog warden

Hart District Council provides a Dog Warden Service, collecting stray dogs 24/7, promotion of responsible dog ownership and enforcement of dog fouling bylaws.

Hart District Council has been awarded the Gold Stray Dog Footprint in this year’s prestigious  RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards, for the sixth year in a row.

What to do if you find a stray dog

We will collect stray dogs that are confined and under your direct control and care. To arrange a collection please call 03444 828 346 (standard rate and mobile-friendly number).

Collected stray dogs will be kennelled for seven clear days and if unclaimed will then be re-homed.

The Council operates a non-destruct policy and unclaimed dogs are only ever put to sleep if they have unacceptable aggressive behaviour or, on veterinary advice, are not suitable for re-homing.

Lost dogs

If you have lost your dog and think your dog may have been collected by the Dog Warden Service, please visit www.lostdogsuk.co.uk. This website has details of found dogs (click on the Hart tab in the bottom right hand corner). Details of dogs collected by the Council’s Dog Warden Service are uploaded to the website within 24 hours and if you do not have access to the internet between 9am and 5pm you can call the service on 03444 828300 where we will be able to check the website for you.

How to reclaim a dog

If we have your dog, you can reclaim it by calling 03444 828300 during office hours.
You will need to provide:

  • proof of residential address (e.g. utility bill); and
  • proof of ownership (e.g. kennel club registration, family pet photo, vet bill)

You will also be asked to pay a charge for the collection and kennelling of your dog as set out in this list of our Dog Warden charges.

Advice on dangerous or aggressive dogs

Should you have concerns or a complaint regarding a dangerous dog, or if you have been attacked by another dog, please report it to the following:

  • Dog on person attack - call the police on 101

Please find more information on dangerous dogs and controlling your dog in public.

Microchipping

From April 2016 it became law that all dogs must be microchipped - breeders must microchip puppies before they are sold at eight weeks. If you sell, re-home your dog, or move address, it will be an offence not to have the details on the microchip database updated.

Dog tag service

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that "every dog while in a highway or in a place of public resort shall wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it." A telephone number is optional but always advised.

Dog fouling

The Hart Dog Fouling Order 2001 requires all dog owners to clear up after their dogs in all areas of the district.

Fines for failure to clear up after a dog can be up to £1000. Hart maintains a policy of prosecuting offenders where there is sufficient evidence. Registered blind people are excluded from this legislation.

If you are aware of particular areas with dog fouling problems, please contact the Dog Warden Service by emailing EH@hart.gov.uk so that we can investigate the situation further.

Animal welfare

Unfortunately, the Dog Warden Service does not deal with animal welfare issues so please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

Barking dogs

Barking is a natural response of dogs, but the constant noise from dogs barking and/or whining can be a disturbance or annoyance for neighbours.

More often than not, the dog owner is unaware that their dog is causing a problem, as the barking invariably occurs when the owner is out of the property, and are only made aware of the problem when a complaint is made. In law, a barking dog can be classed as a noise nuisance and can be investigated by an Environmental Health Officer who can help resolve the issue for you. Please read our barking dogs leaflet for more information, or visit the RSPCA website.

To contact an Environmental Health Officer please email EH@hart.gov.uk

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