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Dog warden service

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Our dog warden service encourages and monitors responsible dog ownership. We enforce dog fouling and deal with stray dogs.

Our dog wardens' duties include promoting responsible dog ownership throughout the district. We do this by enforcing the legislation on dog-fouling. Dog wardens are also available to give expert advice on how to make sure that your pet does not cause a nuisance. The Dog Warden is not responsible for the mistreatment or neglect of dogs. If you are concerned about the treatment of a dog you should contact the RSPCA. Link to the right. Image depicting large brown dog
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Dangerous Dogs

Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs are kept under proper control so as not to cause a nuisance or a danger to people or other animals. Owners should know how their dog will behave when coming across people and animals it is not familiar with.

If your dog is aggressive or hard to control then in order to prevent it harming or annoying other people or their animals you should consider keeping it on a lead and muzzling it if necessary. It is essential to get your dog trained and to follow any recommendations made by your vet.

Where a dog is dangerously out of control in a public place and has injured someone, you will need to contact Thames Valley Police.

If a dog has injured another dog or animal in a public place you will need to contact the Dog Warden, who may be able to take action to prevent it happening again. It is unlikely we will be able to take any action where no details are provided about the address of the owners of any dogs involved in such incidents.

Should your dog or pet be attacked by another dog on private land this will be a civil matter between you and the owner concerned. However we may be able to give informal advice on dog control and the steps that can be taken to avoid a recurrence.

We do not have the powers to force dog owners whose dog has injured your animal to pay all or part of any veterinary costs

Dog fouling and the law

The dogs (fouling of land) act 1996 requires dog owners to pick up after their dog. The penalty for not clearing up dog fouling can be up to £1000 if the case is dealt with by the magistrates courts, or £50 if the owner is given a fixed penalty notice. Please visit the neighbourhood watch website "dog fouling and the law - A Guide for the Public" which you will find in the useful links to the right of the page. If you want to report a dog fouling nuisance please use the contact details top right who will arrange for the dog warden to investigate the allegation.

Dogs and noise

You can get general advice on this issue from the dog warden. If you want to make a complaint about a barking dog please use contact details top right. 

How long will it take?:

The dog warden will contact you as soon as possible and within 48 hours.

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