Microchipping is now compulsory

Microchipping is compulsory for all dog owners in England (since 6th April 2016). Dogs need to be microchipped and registered with their keepers' contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date. The only exemption from the requirement is where a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped. 

If updating your microchip details, please ensure that you only update or register chip details with the company that hold the information in the first place and NOT a third-party company. The details of who your dog is chipped with will be on the paperwork, or you can ask your vet or the council to assist in your search.

The dog warden service deals with the following

Dog fouling

The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Warwick District Council) Order 2011 requires owners to remove faeces deposited by their dog from any land to which the public have access in Warwick district and which is open to the air (including land which is covered but open to the air on at least one side). Persons contravening the Order may be prosecuted through the courts [ maximum fine £1000] or given a fixed penalty charge. 

Report a dog fouling problem

You can also call 01926 456734 or email contactus@warwickdc.gov.uk.

Pay dog fouling charge

Lost dogs

Any dogs collected by the Dog Warden will on the first occasion be returned to its owner if known [i.e dog which has a collar with identification disc or ID chipped]. If the dog has previously been returned to its owner and has escaped again, the dog is likely to be transferred to council kennels. After 7 days unclaimed dogs become the property of a re-homing organisation. 

Any owner who has lost a dog and thinks it may have been found by the Dog Warden, should contact 01926 456734 or email ehpollution@warwickdc.gov.uk. Please note that dogs cannot be returned over the weekend.

Any owner who has lost a dog is advised to also contact Warwickshire Police - 01926 451111 and the Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League at Honiley) on 01926 484398. Since April 2008 the police do not receive any stray dogs found by the public.

Details of lost dogs on Facebook

Facebook logoThe details of all dogs picked up by the Dog Warden are now on our Facebook page - WDC Dog Warden. If you report your dog as lost and it has not been picked up by the Dog Warden, we can add your dog's details to our Facebook page if you wish.

Stray dogs

The council do not have premises to which dogs can be taken and any dog found by the public can be collected by the dog warden during normal office hours only. There is no dog warden service available outside office hours, however details can be left and contact will be made the next working day.

To report a stray dog, you may be asked to provide the following information, if known:

 Your contact details, name address, telephone, email;

  • a description of the dog, for example, its type, colour, size, age;
  • The time and date when you found the dog;
  • where you found the dog and
  • where the dog should be collected from.

Report a stray dog

You can also call 01926 456734 or email ehpollution@warwickdc.gov.uk.

Stray dogs, collected by the dog wardens, are kennelled in the council's nominated kennels, and can only be returned to their owner by arrangement with the wardens and on payment of any outstanding kennelling fees, including a statutory penalty and an administration charge. Dogs cannot be returned over the weekend.

Fees 

The fees payable for stray dogs are:

  • £25 statutory stray dog penalty 
  • £11 per part of each day kennelling costs 
  • £25 administration charge 

Out of office hours, weekends and bank holidays

The council's contracted kennels is able to take dogs between 9am and 5pm at weekends and bank holidays. Please call our appointed kennels on 024 76542 566.

Dog attacks

Visit Gov.uk for information on the law and controlling your dog in public.

Depending on the circumstances, a dog on dog attack would be investigated by our Dog Warden: Please provide the following information to ehpollution@warwickdc.gov.uk:

  • Your name
  • When and where the incident occurred
  • A description of the dog and its owner

For dog on person attacks, which come under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, you will need to report the incident to the police.

Noisy dogs

Complaints regarding noisy dogs are dealt with by the Environmental Health team - call 01926 456725.