Dog control

Dog control


Walsall Council officers are working to clamp down on the problem of dog fouling in the borough and are reminding dog owners that a person may be issued with a £50 fixed penalty fine, if they do not clean up or alternatively may be prosecuted through the Magistrates' Court, where the maximum fine is £1,000.

A spokesman said: “We are backing the Keep Britain Tidy campaign which aims to raise awareness that any litter bin can be used to dispose of dog mess.

“In recent years, there has been a growing problem of dog waste bags found hanging on trees, on railings or stuffed in hedges. It would appear that some dog owners are picking up their dog’s mess but are then simply dumping the bags.

“This is not acceptable. There are litter bins dotted throughout the borough and it is easy for dog owners to dispose of it responsibly.”

Foul Play

Dog waste bags are easily carried and readily available from most pet stores and vets. Plastic carrier bags also have the added advantage of being re-used for the same purpose. Dog waste wrapped in this way can be disposed of in any ordinary litter bin or taken home and placed with normal household waste.

The campaign, now in its tenth year, promotes responsible dog ownership and the message that it is every dog owner’s duty to clean up after their dog.

If you are aware of offenders causing a particular problem in your neighbourhood you can contact the Dog Warden Service on 01922 653030 or at dogs@walsall.gov.uk, they will then investigate and take appropriate action to prevent the recurrence of the problems.

Keep Britain Tidy has launched a nationwide campaign to rid the streets of dog mess and a recent survey revealed that four out of five dog owners are not aware that dog mess can be thrown in the general litter bin.

Dog welfare

Part of the role of the Dog Warden Service is to raise awareness within the borough regarding animal care, training and behaviour.

We allocate a proportion of our time to visiting schools, community centres and any other location where requested to give presentations, group work sessions and question and answer clinics.

These could include issues such as:

  • dog handling
  • general animal care (including small animals)
  • the role of the dog warden
  • specific issues raised by the public
  • any other advice or information which comes under our jurisdiction

The sessions provided can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as half a day, particularly for question and answer sessions.

If you would like to know any more about this aspect of our role or would like to arrange an appointment for a warden to visit your location, then please contact us.

Stray dogs

Walsall Council is responsible for receiving and kennelling all stray dogs found within the borough.

Police Stations no longer accept dogs.

If you have a stray dog Monday to Friday during office hours (08.45 – 17.15) please call 01922 653030 and we will deal with your enquiry.

Sunnyside Kennels

Sunnyside Kennels

Sunnyside Kennels is where the dog wardens take all stray dogs found during normal office hours in the borough.

Stray dogs are a nuisance and can also be a danger to the public. It is an offence to allow your dog to wander the streets unattended, as there is a possibility of them causing accidents, attacking a member of the public or another dog, or fouling in a public place.

Every effort is made to respond to all reports received regarding stray dogs on the same day as they are reported.

Depending on the Dog Warden's day to day workload, however, it may not be possible to collect a stray dog from a member of the public later than mid-afternoon, because the kennels which are contracted by the service, close at 16:45 hours and it might not be possible for the Dog Warden to collect and transport a dog from the borough’s boundaries in time.

The council does not operate an 'out of hours' dog collection service whereby we are able to collect stray dogs after 4.00pm. However, the council does have a contract with a kennels where stray dogs may be taken by members of the public out of office hours. Further information on this is given below.

Out of Hours Stray Dogs Service

The council is currently unable to offer an out of hours stray dogs collection service.  Our contracted kennels for daytime strays is Sunnyside Kennels, Dark Lane, Coven, Nr. Wolverhampton.  Telephone number 01902 790618.

If a member of the public finds a stray dog outside normal hours, they may either keep it safe until the following working day, when the dog warden will collect the dog, or take it at their own expense and in their own transport to our out of hours reception kennels, these are:-  Swanpit Kennels and Cattery, Gnosall, Stafford, ST20 0EE.  Telephone number 01785 822221 (Exit Junction 11 M6 and follow the signs for Telford/Gnosall A518 - 6.5 miles).

Please note that none of the reception kennels will collect dogs from members of the public.

If you have lost your dog, you should:- phone us on 01922 653030 or Sunnyside Kennels 01902 790618 or Swanpit Kennels 01785 822221

Re-homing service

The dog warden service does not provide a re-homing service but it will assist an owner seeking to re-home a pet where possible.

Reuniting seized dogs with their owners

On collection of your dog from the kennels you will be required to pay kennelling and any veterinary costs, along with a £25.00 administration fee payable on collection of the dog.

Dogs lost and found

If you have lost your dog please phone us on 01922 653030 or send an email to dogs@walsall.gov.uk containing the following details:

  • A photograph if you have one
  • Your name
  • Location
  • Contact number
  • Name of pet
  • Time/date/place lost

Dogs die in hot cars

In warm sunny weather, dogs should never be left in cars. For more information please visit the RSPCA Dogs FAQ page

Contact us

Environmental Health
Civic Centre
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1TP

Telephone 01922 653030
Email dogs@walsall.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 25 November 2016