Our Animal Welfare Team deal with inspections, licensing, stray dogs, dog fouling and pest control.
We do not provide a pest control treatment service but there are many local pest control operatives available.
We recommend you use a contractor who is a member of the National Pest Technicians Association, British Pest Control Association or a similar professional body to carry out any treatment work.
Dog owners have a responsibility to control their dogs and prevent them from straying and causing injury or damage. It is a legal requirement for owners to ensure that their dog has an identity tag with the owner’s contact details. We also recommend that owners microchip their dogs, making sure that the details are kept up to date.
Microchipping will be a legal requirement for all dogs over 8 weeks old from April 2016.
If your dog gets out of your property or away from you, regardless of how it happened, it may be collected as a stray and you will be charged for its return.
We have probably all trodden in dog excrement at some time, and cursed the dog, but more especially the owner, as we spent ages trying to remove it from the bottom of our shoes!
Apart from the nuisance factor, though, there are significant health risks, especially to children, from dog fouling, both from the obvious bacteria carried, and from some unpleasant parasites.
If you run any of the following, the establishment will be regularly inspected by the Animal Welfare Team:
- Pet Shop
- Animal Boarding Establishment
- Riding School
- Dog Breeding Establishment
You will also be visited by the Team if you keep an animal covered by the schedule of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
The inspection will focus both on animal welfare and the safety of the public, and a vet may also visit on our behalf to carry out more detailed examination of animals.
The team also deal with complaints made relating to animal welfare at licensed establishments.
Read more: Animal Welfare Licensing