Our dog control service offers assistance with lost or stray dogs, promotion of responsible dog ownership; assists our street management team with enforcement of our Public Spaces Protection Order Dog Control Charnwood Borough Council 2016 (PDF Document, 2.32 Mb)on dog control and enforces other dog-related legislation if necessary.
You can help to make Charnwood a better place to live by making sure your dogs do not foul in public places and if they do, please clean up after them. Keep your dog under control at all times (whether on or off the lead) and make sure your pet never strays.
Of course, pets can escape, but you need to be aware your dog is at risk if left to roam and could easily be injured or cause an accident. In the countryside, a farmer is entitled to shoot a loose dog if he fears it may attack livestock.
Dog control issues in your community
Dog control issues can often be dealt with under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 with a Community Protection Notice. The law states that we should contact the owner of the dog with information on how to ensure their dog is in their control whilst in the community.
A Community Protection Notice can be issued by the Police, council officers and/or Social Landlords to stop persistent, unreasonable behaviour which is having a negative impact on the community's quality of life. It can be served on individuals aged 16 and over or on an organisation/business.
Once an issue has been identified, a written warning will be given to the alleged perpetrator of the problem behaviour requesting that they stop and also highlighting the consequences if they continue.
A Community Protection Notice can include a requirement to stop doing something, to start doing something, or to take reasonable steps to avoid further anti-social behaviour. Breaching a Community Protection Notice is a criminal offence and you may be fined up to £20,000.
From Wednesday, April 6 2016 it is compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England to be fitted with a microchip, or owners could face prosecution and a fine of up to £500.
Charnwood Borough Council provides a microchipping service at a cost of £15 and encourages people to get their pets chipped following the changes.
This is a quick and inexpensive process which involves implanting a tiny chip below the skin in the scruff of the dogs neck. The microchip contains a unique bar code which can be read by scanners used by Dog Wardens and other dog related professionals and provides contact details of the dogs owner.
The microchipping service is offered from our contract kennels, College Garth Kennels. To book an appointment telephone 01509 842 327.
The Dogs Trust also microchips pets. A local centre is based in Wymeswold, Leicestershire.
For more information about the changes visit www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped
Apart from being an unpleasant nuisance if you step in it, fall in it, cycle through it, or wheel your wheelchair through it, dog mess can also be a health hazard.
Both dog and cat faeces can contain the eggs of the roundworm 'Toxocara'. These eggs can survive in the soil for several years. If they are ingested or inhaled by humans, they may cause eye, liver, brain and respiratory problems such as asthma, hepatitis and epilepsy.
Children playing in fouled recreation areas are most at risk. Dog waste is also a potential health risk to farmers' livestock if you allow your dog to foul in their fields.
Last updated: Thu 2nd February, 2017 @ 15:58