Animals and pests

Dog warden and stray dogs

Midland Environment Contracts Ltd (canine) deal with stray dogs and prevent them roaming in public areas. If you wish to report a stray dog, please call the dog warden on 07795 383003 between Monday and Friday 9am to 5pm. If you find a stray dog outside the dog warden working hours please call 01733 747474 and wait for the out of hours number. We can then make arrangements for you to take the dog to a dedicated acceptance point.

Dogs are detained under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for seven days and kept in quality kennelling facilities. If a dog is not claimed within the seven days, it then becomes the property of the kennels/re-housing centre and is assessed for suitable re-homing.

  • It is the responsibility of the owner to report their dog as missing to this service
  • If we have contact details available from a disc, lost report or microchip the owner will be contacted to inform them that the dog is detained and is safe
  • Under this act there is a fine to pay for the return of a lost or stray dog. Owners will be informed of this cost when contact is made.

Dangerous Dogs Act (1991)

The Dangerous Dogs Act prevents people from keeping certain types of dogs that are normally bred for fighting.  It enables restrictions to be imposed on other types of dog breeds that may be thought to be a serious danger to the public.

Dangerous dog complaints must be reported to Cambridgeshire Police. If a person is attacked or feels threatened by any breed of dog they should call Cambridgeshire Police.

Dogs on private property

The RSPCA are responsible for dogs locked in houses, dogs that are reported on private property as neglected and abandoned and homeless dogs as a result of the sudden death of the owner. These responsibilities do not fall under our jurisdiction as a council. For further advice call the 24 hour advice line 0300 1234 999.

Microchipping your dog

You must make sure your dog is fitted with a microchip by the time it's 8 weeks old, or from the 6 April 2016 you could be fined up to £500.

The council do not offer free microchipping, some charities may microchip your dog for free. You can find out more about getting your dog microchipped from GOV.UK.

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Advice regarding Dog on Dog Attacks

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as:

  • in a public place
  • in a private place, eg a neighbour’s house or garden
  • in the owner’s home.

Please note: the law applies to all dogs.

Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone
  • makes someone worried that it might injure them.

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply:

  • it attacks someone’s animal
  • the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal.

Penalties

You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to 6 months (or both) if your dog is dangerously out of control. You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed. 

If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to 5 years or fined (or both). If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.

If you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine (or both).

If you allow your dog to injure an assistance dog (e.g. a guide dog) you can be sent to prison for up to 3 years or fined (or both).

How to report an incident

The majority of people living in Peterborough are responsible dog owners, however if a dog attacks you, your dog or another animal, you should report the incident to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.  

The government has recently introduced new ‘Dog Behaviour Orders’ which means owners can have conditions placed on them to control their dog, and if they breach these they will be prosecuted through the courts.  

This is legislation both the police and council will use to improve safety and deal with this issue, so please ensure your dog is under control at all times.

You can also report a dangerous dog on dog attack to the the council. The Council can use any or a combination of the following powers if a dog is causing, or is likely to cause, nuisance or harm:

Councils can also restrict what dogs can do in a public space, eg banning dogs from the area or requiring them to be on leads. This is known as a public spaces protection order.

Other ways to help improve dog behaviour can be as effective as legal action. These include educating dog owners or giving a warning to offenders.

The order or civil injunction used depends on the type, frequency and severity of the behaviour. It must only include reasonable measures for the person responsible for the dog to take.

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Pest control on council owned land or property

If you would like to report a pest control issue on council owned land or property, please contact customer services with a description of the problem and it's location.