We provide enforcement and education services in respect of dog fouling issues. In all instances where evidence is obtained, formal action may result, including the issue of on the spot fines (Fixed Penalty Notices) breaching the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 and the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.
Dog owners are asked to carry sufficient plastic bags to pick up dog waste. Dog waste can be placed in public litter bins.
The dog warden service will collect stray dogs within the Ashford borough between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and take them to the council's nominated kennel. If the dog is not claimed within seven full days from the time it is kennelled, the dog will be made available for re-homing.
If you have found a dog and are able to keep hold of it until the next working day please fill out our report a lost or found dog and we will contact you to arrange collection or call 01233 330340 in office hours.
If you have found a dog outside normal working hours and are unable to keep it until the next working day, please call 01233 331111 and you will be advised as to what you can do.
You can also register your lost or stolen dog with Dog Lost.
As of 6 April 2016, all dogs have to be microchipped. More information is available on our microchipping page.
Dog Warden Service responsibilities
Ashford Borough Council has a statutory duty to deal with stray dogs. In addition we also:
- Investigate dog control issues such as straying and fouling
- Investigate dogs dangerously out of control in a public place that are likely to cause harm
- Take action where a human is accidentally bitten whilst trying to separate dogs
- Offer advice on responsible dog ownership
- Offer free microchipping. Failure to have your dog microchipped could result in a £500 fine
Police deal with:
- Dangerous dogs (Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
- Dog attacks on humans in cases where skin is broken and the dog attacked the human directly
- Dogs straying onto the motorway
- Reports of illegal breeds (American Pit Bull Terrier, Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro)
Dog on dog attacks are a civil matter. Please report these to us so that we can keep a record of incidents; call 01233 330340 in office hours. We may contact you for further information.
As a responsible dog owner you should:
- Keep your dog under control at all times in public places. We will collect loose dogs and transfer them to kennels
- Ensure that your dog is microchipped and details are kept up to date
- Not allow your dog to cause a nuisance to other people
- Clear up after your dog and dispose of the fouling in a litter/dog bin
You can dispose of dog waste in any street litter bin where there is no dog fouling bin available
The dog warden service is not responsible for emptying dog waste bins; this is managed by our street cleansing service. If the bin is overflowing or damaged please report it using this online form.