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.

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.

Pest control on privately owned land or property

If you require a pest control treatment on land or property not owned by the council, contact Midland Environment Contracts Ltd who will discuss your requirements, arrange to survey your premises and provide a no obligation quote.

We have an arrangement with Midland Environmental Services Ltd to provide animal and pest control services to residents and businesses in Peterborough.

They offer services for:

  • Ants
  • Bedbugs
  • Bees
  • Carpet beetles
  • Cluster flies
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Mice
  • Moths
  • Rats
  • Squirrels
  • Wasps

Methods of pest control

There are legal restrictions on methods used to kill animals and wild birds, including the use of poisons and trapping, or methods that cause their unnecessary suffering. There are exceptions to this, for example the use of poison or poison bait in controlling insects, rats and mice in the interest of public health.

If controlling pests yourself, you must make sure all reasonable precautions are taken to avoid injury to other (non-target) species and people.