Stray dogs

Responsible dog ownership

It is a legal requirement under the Road Traffic Act (1988) for a dog to be kept on a lead when walking on a public road (subject to a few exceptions)

Under the Control of Dogs Order (1992) it is a legal requirement to have a collar on a dog with the owners name and address inscribed on the collar or on an attached plate/tag/badge when on a public highway or in a public place (subject to a few exceptions).

We encourage residents to

  • keep dogs on leads
  • keep a collar and tag on dogs
  • arrange for dogs to be microchipped
  • keep the information on tags and microchips up to date.

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