Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 all local authorities must appoint an officer to deal with stray dogs within the authority area. Wiltshire Council has appointed dog wardens to fulfil this duty. Listed below are some of the tasks of the dog wardens.
- Stray/lost dogs - Collection of dogs found straying and trying to repatriate them with the owners. If this is not possible they will transport the dog to one of our designated holding kennels. They will ensure the dogs are cared for during the statutory seven day period awaiting the owner to come forward and claim the dog (subject to the payment of the appropriate fee), failing this, a new home is sought after the seven day period.
- Education - visiting schools throughout the county giving talks on responsible dog ownership including health related issues.
- Advice - advising members of the public on any dog related queries and dealing with complaints on issues such as dog fouling, dangerous dogs, straying dogs and irresponsible dog owners.
- Enforcement - enforcing the Dog Control Orders within Wiltshire in partnership with other agencies such as the Police and parish councils and issuing fixed penalty notices where appropriate.
- Home visits - for dog rescue organisations to assess the suitability and surroundings of prospective dog re-homers.
- Identification - ensuring that dogs wear a collar and tag for identification.
- Licensing - carrying out inspections on boarding kennels and catteries, home boarders, dog crèches, pet shops and dog breeders to ensure the meet the required standards.
More information and contact details can be found in our The Dog Warden Service The Dog Warden Service 165kb leaflet.
Last updated: 22 March 2016