The street wardens provide a dog warden service for the area, which has three important roles in the community:
- Practical - to handle and secure stray dogs
- Educational - to promote responsible attitudes to dog ownership and provides advice and information for dog owners
- Enforcement - to enforce the legislation relating to dog fouling, dogs in general and local byelaws
The council does not have the power to deal with animal welfare issues in domestic premises. If you do have any concerns with the welfare of an animal that is not a stray then please contact the RSPCA at www.rspca.co.uk
Stray Dogs (Lost and Found)
The street wardens make regular patrols throughout the Forest of Dean and will respond to notifications of lost or stray dogs. If you need to report a lost or stray dog, please contact the Forest of Dean District Council on 01594 810000 (during office opening hours) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any stray dogs found outside of these hours - including weekends and bank holidays - can be taken to a local drop off point. Please call the kennel staff on 07505 820220 for more details.
When the wardens are notified of a stray they will attend the scene as soon as possible to catch the dog. They will then try to identify the owner so the dog can be returned and advice given to prevent the dog straying again.
If the owner cannot be identified or contacted, the stray dog will be impounded at licensed kennels. The council must keep all stray dogs for 7 days during which time the owner may reclaim them. Owners will be required to pay the statutory fee of £25.00 plus any costs for boarding, feeding and any veterinary costs to claim their dog. In order to claim the dog the owner must provide a description together with personal identification. After 7 days, if the dog has not been reunited with its owner it will be offered for adoption and found a suitable new home.
Remember to make sure that your dog always wears a collar with a name tag or identity disc bearing your name and address, then in the event of the dog straying it will be reunited with you more easily. In addition get your dog microchipped, then if it loses its collar and tag it can still be identified. The street wardens can provide this service at a cost of £10.00.
For more information contact the street warden team on 01594 812264.