Dog Warden Service
The District Council deals with dog fouling and stray dogs through its dog warden service. Dog noise is dealt with by the Environmental Health Department.
- For Dog Noise call 01748 829100- Environmental Health
Lost & Found Dogs
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Dogs Trust Campaigns
We are pleased to support a fantastic new campaign from Dogs Trust. The ‘Woof, Waggle & Waistline’ Campaign aims to promote the health benefits of being a responsible dog owner for both owner and dog. Dog owners in this area can obtain a FREE Woof, Waggle & Waistline pack by ringing Dogs Trust North of England Campaign Office on 01325 335055 or to download a copy of the booklet they can visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/ifwoofswerewords
FREE MICROCHIPPING FOR RICHMONDSHIRE'S DOGS!
Dog waste bins are provided throughout the district to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets. Dog Waste can also be placed in your domestic bin (NOT GREEN WASTE!)
The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 is enforced across the entire district. The law applies to any land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access, with or without payment. This includes highways with a speed limit of 40 mph or less; pavements; verges; open spaces such as village greens, parks and play areas; and public rights of way such as footpaths and bridleways.
It says that owners must clear up after their dogs! That can be done by using a 'poop scoop' or plastic bag - anything that will safely remove the faeces from the land before being disposed of either in a dog waste bin, litter bin or with domestic refuse - in a sealed bag.
If a dog defecates at any time on relevant land and the person in charge of the dog at that time fails to remove the faeces from the land, that person is guilty of an offence. If the offence is witnessed then they may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50. If that fine is left unpaid or contested, the Council will take action through the courts which carries fines of up to £1000, a criminal record, and possible court costs.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Protection (Stray Dog) Regulations 1992, the Council has a duty to appoint a dog warden who is responsible for the seizure of stray dogs.
There is no legal definition of a stray dog. Richmondshire District Council considers that a dog may reasonably be treated as a stray if it is roaming freely and not under the control of any person, irrespective of whether it has a home.
If the dog warden has reason to believe that a dog is a stray he may legally seize it and detain it. It is checked for identification and if the address of the owner can be established he will try to contact them before taking the dog to the holding kennels. If the dog has no identification it will be taken straight to the holding kennels. In all cases a return fee will be payable. Please see the table of fees for further information.
The dog will remain at the kennels until it is claimed by the owner or for up to seven clear days after the date of seizure. If it is not claimed it will be re-homed. Only in extreme circumstances will a dog be 'put to sleep'. This normally only happens if the dog is dangerous or on the advice of a vet if the dog is ill.
The Stray Dog Policy holds full information on the service.
The Council has a duty to investigate all complaints of noise nuisance, including noise from dogs and other animals. To complain about a noisy dog call Environmental Health Technical Support on 01748 829100. We will contact both you and the owner of the dog to discuss the complaint and offer advice on preventing or minimising the noise. If the problem persists you may be required to keep records of the dates and times dogs are barking and how you are affected by the noise. Those records will be assessed by a qualified Environmental Health Officer who will decide if there is enough information to warrant further investigation. Whatever the decision, you will be kept informed at all stages of the investigation.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prescribes laws for the ownership of pit bull type dogs, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero. It also places restrictions on other dogs believed to be a danger to the public. It is an offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control in any place and for a dog to injure any person on private or public land. Offenders face fines of up to £5000 and/or up to two years imprisonment.
Dangerous dogs should be reported to North Yorkshire Police by calling the non-emergency number, 101. The District Council may be asked by the police to seize these dogs.
Other Dog Laws
There are five other laws that apply to dogs:
- Control of Dogs Order 1992 - dogs wearing collars
- Animals Act 1971 - dogs on roads, killing dogs worrying livestock
- Road Traffic Act 1988 - dogs injured in road traffic accidents
- Guard Dogs Act 1975 - deals with dogs used to guard premises or property
- Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 - deals with dogs worrying livestock