Dog warden service in Christchurch
If a dog is picked up as a stray then we will attempt to re-unite the dog with its owner. It is important, therefore, that your dog wears a collar and tag with your name and address on it. This is a legal requirement, as is the requirement for your dog to be micro-chipped.
However, if we are unable to identify or make contact with the owner of the dog we will take it to kennels. The owner will then have to pay a statutory fine, together with any expenses incurred, before they can reclaim their dog.
The statutory fine payable is £45 (£25 statutory payment and £20 administration fee), the daily kennel charge is £13.66 and should the dog be picked up out of normal office hours there may be an additional out of hours charge of £13. If your dog is not micro-chipped the council also has the legal power to carry this out on your behalf and pass this charge onto the owner. The owner will not be able to reclaim their dog until all charges have been paid in full.
If a dog remains unclaimed after seven days they will be passed on to a rescue centre for re-homing.
Please telephone 01202 454947 during office hours to report a stray dog. We do not have a service to collect strays dogs outside of office hours. If you find a stray dog outside of office hours, please take it to Emergency Vet Care (EVC), 101 North Road, Poole BH14 0LT. Tel 01202 382843. EVC will look after the dog and will contact us the next working day.
You may wish to contact neighbouring councils especially if you live near a council boundary.
If you have lost your dog then please contact us with the details as it may have been reported as a stray.
The council and the police can investigate complaints where people have been bitten by dogs or have felt threatened by a dog, and in most cases involving dog on dog incidents the council will investigate.
If you wish to report a dangerous dog then please contact us:
We receive many complaints about dog fouling each year and the dog warden carries out regular patrols to enforce the dog fouling legislation. It is an offence not to pick up after your dog has fouled and failure to do so can lead to a fixed penalty or prosecution in the Magistrates Court.
Report an incident of dog fouling
If you spot an incident of dog fouling you can report it to us with a short online form.
Micro chipping dogs
All dogs picked up by the council as strays, are scanned for a microchip to try and re-unite the dog with its owner. All dog owners are required by law to have their dogs micro-chipped. Failure to comply could result in the issue of a fixed penalty notice.
The council can offer a micro chipping service, please contact us for details. Alternatively your local vet should offer this service.