Richmondshire District Council

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We deal with dog fouling and stray dogs through our dog warden service.

Lost and found dogs

Our Facebook page has all the up-to-date information on lost and found dogs. The page also features news and events.

To report a lost or found dog complete the form below:

report a lost or found dog

Dog fouling 

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 the green waste bin.

The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 is enforced across the district. It says that owners must clear up after their dogs. The law applies to any land that's open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access.

This includes: 

  • Highways with a speed limit of 40 mph or less
  • Pavements
  • Verges
  • Open spaces, such as village greens, parks and play areas

If the person in charge of the dog doesn't clean up after it, they're guilty of an offence and may be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice if witnessed. If that fine is left unpaid or contested, we will take action through the courts, which carries fines of up to £1,000, a criminal record, and possible court costs.

report dog fouling

Stray dogs

There's no legal definition of a stray dog. We consider that a dog may reasonably be treated as a stray if it's roaming freely and not under anyone's control, whether or not it has a home.

If the dog warden believes that a dog is a stray, he may legally seize and detain it. It's checked for identification and the warden will try to contact the owner 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 has to be paid. See our pay dog recovery page for more details. 

The dog will stay at the kennels until it's claimed by the owner or for up to seven clear days after the date of seizure. If it's 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.

Our stray dog policy has more information. 

Noisy dogs

We have a duty to investigate all complaints of noise nuisance, including noise from dogs and other animals.  We'll contact you and the dog owner to discuss the complaint and offer advice on preventing or minimising the noise.

If the problem persists, you may have to keep records of the dates and times dogs are barking and how you're affected by the noise. An environmental health officer will decide if there's enough information to warrant further investigation.

report a noisy dog

Dangerous dogs

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's 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 £5,000 and/or up to two years imprisonment.

Dangerous dogs should be reported via North Yorkshire Police's non-emergency 101 number. We may be asked by the police to seize these dogs.

Dogs Trust campaign

We support Dogs Trust's “Woof, Waggle and Waistline” campaign, which aims to promote the health benefits of being a responsible dog owner for both owner and dog. Owners can obtain a free campaign pack by calling 01325 335055 or download a copy of the booklet by visiting the Dogs Trust website.

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