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The Dog Warden Service aims to:

  • Provide a service that informs dog owners of their responsibilities and support compliance of the law and;
  • Protect members of the public from issues arising from irresponsible dog ownership such as straying dogs; fouling; aggression and nuisance.

The Dog Wardens role:

    • Collecting and reuniting stray dogs
    • Educating the public on responsible dog ownership through campaigns, talks and providing information
    • Promoting awareness and guidance on dog legislation
    • Enforcing legislation that applies to nuisance dogs, microchipping and straying
    • Working with community groups to promote responsible dog ownership

The Council employs one full time Dog Warden to carry out these duties.  The Service operates Monday to Friday, between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, and until 4:30pm on Friday.  There may be times when the Dog Warden may be unavailable due to demands on the service.

The Dog Warden Service does not deal with:

  • Dangerous Dogs – Contact the Police. If an emergency call  999 immediately. If it's a  non emergency call 101.
  • Animal Welfare -  Contact the RSPCA in the first instance if you have concerns about the welfare of a dog or other animal.
  • Rehoming – Contact Bath Cat and Dogs Home or other rehoming organisations

Who to contact

Contact Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41:

  • To report a lost dog
  • To report a contained stray dog
  • To report fouling
  • To report details of known offender of fouling
  • To report a dog attack on an animal

Contact the Environmental Protection Team on 01225 477551.

  • To report a persistent barking dog

Contact the Police on 101 unless an emergency where you should dial 999

  • Dogs acting in a dangerous or aggressive manner (giving people reasonable fear of attack)
  • Dogs worrying livestock on agricultural land
  • Road traffic collisions involving dogs
  • Control of guard dogs
  • Dogs being used for illegal purposes (i.e. poaching, fighting, coursing)
  • Dogs in cars on hot days

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