Dog warden

Hart District Council provides a confined dog collection service that operates 24/7.

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 828346 (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 unacceptably aggressive behaviour, and on veterinary advice it is the most humane thing to do, or 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 dogs that have been found by the Council (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. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call the service on 
03444 828300 between 9am and 5pm and we will 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 be asked to pay a charge for the collection and kennelling of your dog as set out in the list of 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 the Government's webpage on controlling your dog in public

Microchipping

By law 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 is an offence not to update the details on the microchip database.

Dog tags

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

Hart District Council's Public Space Protection Order 2020 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 £1,000. Hart District Council maintains a policy of prosecuting offenders where there is sufficient evidence. 

If you are aware of dog fouling problems in a particular, please report this via FixMyStreet 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, excessive ongoing barking dog may be classed as a noise nuisance and can be investigated by an environmental health officer. Please read our barking dogs leaflet for more information, or visit the RSPCA website.

Commercial dog walking

All commercial dog walkers must apply and pay for a licence to walk dogs on MOD land. Applicants must attend a safety briefing at Longmoor Camp prior to the issue of a licence. For further information and to pay and apply, please email Karen Howard at Landmarc Solutions, karen.howard@landmarc.mod.uk or visit the Landmarc Solutions website.
 

To contact an environmental health officer, please email EH@hart.gov.uk