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Animal Control and Dog Warden Services

Lost dogs, Stray dogs, Micro chipping service, Responsible ownership and the Animal Welfare Act.

The Council's Animal Control Service will:

  • Capture stray dogs throughout the borough.
  • Promote responsible pet ownership.
  • Offer a micro-chipping service.

The Police are no longer responsible for receiving stray dogs.


Reporting a stray dog

Stray animals cannot be reported online.

To report a stray dog please phone our customer service centre on 01268 533333 (Select Option 6 for Environmental Health).

The service for the collection of stray dogs operates daily between the hours of 09.00hrs and 22.00hrs, including weekends and bank holidays.

Stray dog procedure

Our Animal Control Officer will collect the dog from you and attempt to find the owner. If this is unsuccessful we will take the dog to the Councils kennels.

Once the dog is in kennels the owner has 7 days to claim the dog (Charges apply) before it is put up for re-homing.

Do not keep a dog that you have found without informing the Animal Control Officer, it is not your property and someone will be missing it.


What to do if you lose your dog.

Contact us using our contact details below.

Our Animal Control Officer will keep a lookout for your dog.

Please let us know if you have found your dog, otherwise people will still be looking for it unnecessarily.
See also: 

DOG LOST

 - a voluntary organisation that helps pet owners to find their lost and stolen dogs by listing dogs on their website, issuing posters to various organisations such as vets, kennels and the police. They have a network of helpers throughout the country that will look for missing dogs and report sightings. We have a close relationship with DOG LOST and work with them to reunite dogs with their owners.


If your dog has been found.

If your dog is found and identified by a tag, a microchip or by a description that you have provided then you will be notified as soon as possible.

However the dog will not automatically be returned to you.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 149, the person claiming to be the owner of a seized dog shall not be entitled to have the dog returned unless all expenses are paid.

These expenses consist of a statutory fee, plus any kennelling, veterinary and administrative costs incurred.

As it is an offence to allow a dog to stray and the release fee must be paid.


Control of dog's order 1992.

It is an offence for any dog, on a highway or in a public place, not to wear a collar with the name address of the owner inscribed on the collar, or on a plate or badge attached to it.

Any dog that is not wearing a collar and badge may be seized and treated as a stray dog under section 149 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

If you are responsible for a dog, you have a duty to ensure the dog is under control at all times and not a danger to other people or animals.


Promoting Responsible Dog Ownership.

It is important for us to promote a responsible attitude to dog ownership within the community to prevent the number of strays, dumped dogs, dogs suffering and dangerous dogs.

To do this we work with other organisations

  • Local schools- Giving talks about responsible pet ownership. Children at a young age are educated on subjects such as how to behave around animals and why it is important to clean up after your animal.
  • The RSPCA - We work with the local Inspectors to protect animals by making joint visits and sharing information about known problems and together we promote animal welfare.
  • DOG LOST - a voluntary organisation that helps pet owners to find their lost and stolen dogs by listing dogs on their website, issuing posters to various organisations such as vets, kennels and the police. They have a network of helpers throughout the country that will look for missing dogs and report sightings. We have a close relationship with DOG LOST and work with them to reunite dogs with their owners.
  • DOGS TRUST - Dogs Trust (formerly known as The National Canine Defence League) provides a wide range of information and offers a re-homing service throughout the UK.

Dog Fouling.

Please note the Animal Control Officer is not directly responsible for dog fouling issues and this to be reported to Streetcare.

Dog fouling is a common problem known to many. It is not only unpleasant but can also spread Toxocara through direct or indirect contact.

Every dog owner should be aware that it is the legal requirement to clean up the waste left behind by their dog. Ideally, dogs should be trained from an early age to 'go at home' in their own garden before or after a walk rather than during a walk.

  • If dog fouling occurs away from home, the person in charge of the dog must clean up after the dog.
  • If you have a garden encourage the dog to 'go' there. This can then be buried or cleaned up
  • If you take your dog out for walks - then always take something with you to clean up the mess.

Every time your dog fouls "bag it and bin it"

 

The Do It Online logo indicates there is a link to an online form on this webpage

Report Dog Fouling - Online form - Report animal fouling 

Alternatively tel: 01268 - 533333 or email streetcare@basildon.gov.uk

Basildon Council dog micro chipping service.

These days it is common for owners to have their pets implanted with a microchip for identification purposes. Microchips are commonly implanted under the skin of most domestic pets.
A microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, which contains a unique code number that can be read by a scanner.
When a scanner passes over the chip, it is activated by radio waves and a signal is transmitted to the scanner, giving you the chip number on the scanner display.
Basildon Council offers a micro chipping service for dogs, available to all the residents of the Basildon Borough.
Arrangements can be made to carry out dog micro chipping in your home.
For people who live outside Basildon Borough we will only carry out dog micro chipping if it is practical and it will probably be necessary for you to bring the dog to us.
Will this replace the need to wear a collar and tag?

No. This is not a replacement for a collar and tag and they will still have to be worn under the Control of dog's order 1992.

How much will cost?

Please see pdf icon Environmental Health Services - Fees and Charges [269kb]  for the current micro chipping charge.  Please note that this fee must be paid in advance.
Please contact us to make an appointment.  See contact details below.


How is the microchip implanted?

The microchip is injected via a sterile hypodermic needle, attached to a specially designed gun.

Where is the microchip implanted?

In dogs and cats, the microchip is implanted under the skin, into the muscle between the shoulder blades.

Any other animal should only be implanted with a microchip by a vet.

Does it hurt?

It should be no more painful, if not less painful than your dogs standard vaccinations.

It is highly unlikely that the microchip will break or shatter unless met with extreme force for example a car accident.

How does the microchip stay in place?

The microchip is coated with Parylene C, a polymer, the same used to coat human pacemakers.

A few days after insertion the tissue will grow around the chip, but the area should not be touched or rubbed while adhesion takes place for several days or the chip could move to another part of the animal's body.

Who can scan my dog?

Your local authority Animal Control Officer or animal welfare officer, the police, vets the RSPCA and other welfare organisations should all have scanners.

Once a dog has been found to have a microchip the national database will be contacted and the owners details obtained, enabling dog and owner to be reunited.

Unfortunately not all details held are updated when people move or the animal re-homed.

This could prevent an animal being reunited with its owner, so it's a good idea to take advantage of services that the microchip company offer, and remember to keep your Microchip details together with your dogs vaccination booster records.

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