Your dog and the law

The Dog Warden Service covers these key areas:

  • Dog Control Orders - fouling, dogs on leads and exclusion orders
  • straying - lost dogs and unattended dogs
  • dog identification - collar/tag and microchips 

The Police deal with:

  • dangerous dogs
  • banned breeds
  • dog attacks on people

The RSPCA deal with:

  • welfare concerns such as cruelty and neglect

Environmental Protection at East Northamptonshire Council deal with:

  • complaints about barking dogs

Issues such as a neighbour's dog coming into your garden; a problem with dog fouling in your property or a dog attack on another dog are usually private, civil matters which the dog warden has no powers to resolve.  However, advice may be given to help reach a resolution.

The Kennel Club's information guide - do you know dog law? on their website summarises the various Acts of legislation that cover dog law.

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