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Find information below ranging from losing your dog or finding a stray dog, noise complaints, dog fouling, microchipping, and breeding.

Being a responsible dog owner doesn't stop at feeding your dog and taking them to the vet when sick. There are also various things to consider to ensure the welfare of your dog and fellow neighbours.

Your Responsibilities

  • By law, your dog needs to have a collar, ID tag, and a micro-chip with updated details.
  • Take your dog to obedience classes so that the dog is under control at all times.
  • Keep your dog on a lead when in public.
  • If your pet fouls in public, pick it up or you could be fined.
  • Don't let your dog become a nuisance to your neighbours. This could include barking, or frequently escaping out of the garden.
  • Vaccinate your dog annually.
  • Worm and groom your dog regularly.
  • Make sure your dog is neutered or spayed to avoid unwanted litters.

Please note, we are not responsible for

  • Dogs of people in hospital or care, but you can find advice on our Animal Health and Welfare page
  • Dogs of Prisoners
  • Re-homing unwanted dogs
  • Dogs of evicted tenants
  • Dangerous dogs and incidents. Please contact West Midlands Police at the first instance

Common Enquiries

Dog Microchipping

If your dog has been found after being lost or stolen, a registered micro-chip on the dog can help reunite your and your dog.

The chip is allotted a number and when scanned brings up your contact details that have been registered on a database. The micro-chip should be fitted by a qualified professional, such as a vet, and costs £10-£15.

By law your dog needs to be micro-chipped and registered by the time it is 8 weeks old or you could be fined up to £500.

It is also your responsibility to keep your dog's micro-chip information up to date. You should contact the company your dog is registered with if you move house or change contact numbers.

If you do not know which database your dog is registered with, you can check the microchip number.

It is also a legal requirement for your dog to wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on a tag. This is often the quickest way to be reunited with your dog, as members of the public are able to return them if they go missing. Dog wardens will also attempt to return your dog first before taking them to the pound.

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Stray or Lost Dogs

Find details on what do to if your dog has gone missing, or you have found a stray dog.

Dog Fouling

If you do not clear up after your dog then you could be given up to £100 on the spot fine (Fixed Penalty Notice), or up to £1,000 if it goes further to court.

Find more information on dog fouling.

Barking Dogs

Whether it is day or night, in many cases a person who owns a dog that makes excessive noise are unaware that they are causing a nuisance. We therefore recommend approaching the owner or company responsible first to try to resolve the problem, but only if it is safe to do so.

If you feel threatened by those responsible for the noise, or if you are worried that they may become aggressive, then approaching them may not be the best option for you.

If your approach is unsuccessful, or you do not feel it is appropriate, then you can make a complaint and we will investigate the noise ourselves. If we agree that there is a nuisance then we will write to the owner advising them that we have received a noise complaint in the hope that this will resolve the issue.

It the noise persists we will serve a notice to the owners requiring them to decrease the nuisance within a certain amount of time or legal action will follow, this is known as an abatement notice.

Report a noise complaint

Guard Dog

A guard dog is used to protect private property, and deter unwanted or unexpected people or animals.
In order to allow using a guard dog, there are three main conditions to be followed under Guard Dogs Act 1975:

  • A guard dog is prohibited at a premises unless there is a person on-site who is capable of controlling the dog, and the dog is either under control or secure so that it cannot roam freely.
  • The dog handler will keep the dog under control at all times unless another handler has control of the dog or if the dog is secured down.
  • A guard dog will not be used unless there is a warning notice clearly exhibited at each entrance of the premises.

If you have concerns about the welfare of a guard dog, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dog Breeding Licence

If you intend to breed three or more litters, and sell at least one puppy in a 12 month period you will require an Activities Involving Animals licence.

Animal Welfare

If you find an injured or mistreated stray dog, contact the RSPCA in the first instance.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a dog or other animal, please contact us via the Animal Welfare Advice and Complaints form.

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