Report dog attacks, dog fouling and stray or lost dogs.

Further information

Pet-ID or microchips

It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped. Remember to update your details with your microchip provider if you move house or change telephone numbers.

Collars and tags

Under the Control of Dogs Order 1993 every dog while in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of its owner inscribed on it or on a disc attached to it. Failure to do so could result in prosecution and a fine of up to £2000.

Barking Dogs

It is normal and natural for dogs to bark. When barking happens a lot or goes on for a long time, it can be annoying and upsetting for your neighbours.

In law, a barking dog can be a noise nuisance. The owner can be taken to court if they do nothing to stop the nuisance

To raise a noise complaint about barking dogs, telephone or email our contact centre on 01276 707100 or email

Please see the nuisance webpage for more information.

Dog walkers

The Council does not have rules on the number of dogs walked together by professional dog walkers. However, we recommend that people walk no more than six dogs at once and that 'reactive' dogs should be walked individually.

Useful contacts

Buying dogs

For a free list of reputable breeders of pedigree dogs, contact the Kennel Club (external link). If you want an older dog or a non-pedigree puppy, contact a dog rescue organisation.

Re-homing dogs

Contact the Dogs Trust (external link) on 01483 658391 or Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (external link) on 01784 432929 for advice regarding re-homing of unwanted dogs.


Contact the RSPCA (external link) if you believe a dog or any animal is being neglected, cruelly treated or used for illegal purposes such as dog fighting.