Dog Warden Service

Dog fouling

It is illegal to fail to clear up after your dog if it fouls on any land which is open to the air and to which the public has access.

The penalty for contravening the act is a £80 fixed penalty fine. If the fine is not paid within 14 days, then this may lead to prosecution in a magistrates court with a maximum fine of a £1000.

The Dog Warden works in conjunction with the Community Warden Service who undertake patrols in areas that are regularly fouled.

Stray dogs

We collect straying dogs that are being held by members of the public and safely keep them for a maximum of 7 days for collection by the owner (subject to the payment of a fee).

Returning of a stray dog:

Where we can identify the dog owner from an identification disc or microchip and can return the dog without it being taken to the kennels this incurs a fee of £42.00.

Where an owner cannot immediately be identified and the dog is transported for kennelling, release fees apply. Release fees are made up of a standard £74.00 plus £11.00 per day kennelling fee. Payment must be made prior to any dog being collected by the owner.

Contact us on 0300 123 5021.

We operate a non-destruction policy for any dog not reclaimed, and work with partner organisations to get the dog re-homed.

Stray dogs out of hours

Any dogs found outside of normal working hours (9am to 5pm) and before 9pm may be handed in to:

Acorn Kennels

Heath Road
Whitchurch
Shropshire
SY13 2AA

Telephone: 01948 662931 (8am-6pm) or 07870 217617 (6pm-8am)

Dog identification

Your dog must wear a collar and tag by law when out in a public place, which includes contact details of the owner. This information will assist in the dog being re-united with its owner.

If we seize a stray dog, and we can't trace an owner, we will keep it in boarding kennels for a period of 7 days, then if not claimed, efforts will be made to re-home.

Since 1 April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for dogs to be micro-chipped, and the owner details registered on a central database. If you have not already done so, you should ensure your dog is micro-chipped. It is also important that you update/amend your details, eg if you move house.

A local vet can micro-chip your dog for a nominal fee.

Dangerous dogs

Cheshire Police deal with dog attacks on people and on other animals. They can be contacted on 101.

It is also advisable to contact your doctor or NHS direct if you have been bitten.

Four breeds of dogs are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, they are:

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentine
  • Fila Braziliero

Dog muzzles

If you know that your dog may try to bite people or other animals when in public, it would be sensible for it to wear a muzzle.

The magistrate’s court can order that a dog be muzzled if it considers that it has been out of control or has acted dangerously.

Please note that a dog should never be left alone whilst wearing a muzzle.

Giving an unwanted dog a home

Please contact Acorn Kennels on the details above. In addition City Dogs Home in Stoke-on-Trent offer a re-homing service.  They can be contacted on 01782 304130.

You can also contact the Dog Warden who will give you advice.

Dog Wardens

The service promotes responsible Dog ownership within Cheshire East.

We will:

  • visit schools and other groups to present responsible dog ownership. 
  • enforce the Cleaner Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.