Dog Control Service
Dog Warden Service for Lost and Found Dogs
The Council operates a Dog Warden Service from 8.30am - 9pm seven days a week. The Dog Warden Service will collect stray dogs which have been contained, for example in your home or garden.
The Council is unable to act upon reports of dogs seen straying. If dogs are seen straying on the main road and are posing a danger to traffic then please call the Police using the 999 emergency number or the local Police contact number.
8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday Phone 01449 724714 Evenings and Weekends Phone 01785 216767
When calling to report a lost/found dog please have to hand as much information as possible, including breed, sex, colour, distinguishing features, whether it is wearing a collar and the location and time where it was lost/found).
The Council is able to deal with lost dog reports at all times. However, we are only able to collect dogs between 8.30am and 9pm daily. If a dog is found after 9pm, please contain it if possible until the next morning. Please note that no collection service is available on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
If you have lost your dog you may also wish to contact local vets as well as councils bordering Mid Suffolk as it may have been reported to them as a found dog. We will put details of your lost dog on our files and contact you if we have any reports of dogs matching its description (see also Kennels).
We now have a facility where you can report lost dogs online, which also allows you to include a photograph of the dog. To use this facility, please click here.
If you have found a dog and have contained it, please contact the Dog Warden Service. In the meantime, try to contain the dog in a secure area and give the dog access to water (see also Kennels).
All found dogs collected by the Council are taken to our kennels where they will be kept for seven days to be reclaimed by the owner. After this time, they become the responsibility of the kennels who will make efforts to rehome them.
If you are interested in rehoming a dog, please see the following website - West End Farm Kennels for details of dogs looking for a new home, or ring West End Rehoming Ltd on 01449 737641.
If your dog has been seized as a stray and taken to the kennels, you will be required to pay a fee to reclaim it. This fee will depend on whether the dog was wearing identification, whether it is the first time the dog has been seized, and how long it has been at the kennels.
West End Farm Kennels are able to accept payment by debit and credit card, including over the phone. Please note that West End Farm Kennels will charge a £2.50 fee for the use of credit cards (no charge for debit cards).
Do not approach any type of dog if you feel it is showing signs of aggression.
All reports of Dangerous Dogs should be made to the Police.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a dog please contact the RSPCA.
All dogs are required by law to wear a collar and identity tag when in a public place. Dogs must also be kept under proper control at all times and should be kept on a lead when near livestock.
As well as being an eyesore and nuisance, on most public land it is also an offence under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 not to clear up after your dog after it has fouled. The Council has powers to issue ‘on the spot’ Fixed Penalty Notices of £50, or to prosecute in the criminal courts, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
Dog fouling should be wrapped and disposed of in one of the many dog bins in the Mid Suffolk district, or by placing it in your black wheelie bin.
West End Farm Kennels
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The RSPCA will, by all lawful means, prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of animals.
Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
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Mid Suffolk District Council
131 High Street
Telephone: 0845 606 6170
Fax: 01449 724727