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Stray dogs

Important Notice

Changes to the dog warden service will be introduced on the 1st April 2019 as part of service reductions by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

 In order to balance the Councils budget difficult decisions about what we do, what we have to stop doing, how we do things and who we do them for have had to be made. Regrettably   the dog warden service will cease which means that we will no longer be providing a collection, service for stray dogs.  The Council will continue to provide a reception centre where ALL stray dogs will have to be taken directly.  There will no longer be any facility for members of the public to be able to bring the dogs into the Civic Centre.

The Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes.

I have found a stray dog where can I take it?

The Council will be using a reception kennels  Pantymilah Boarding Kennels, Pantymilah Farm, Hollybush, Blackwood, NP12 OSR Telephone 01495 724580 where stray dogs may be taken by members of the public. Out of normal office hours and on weekends and bank holidays members of the public must contact the Councils Lifeline number 01685 385231 prior to the kennels being able to accept any dog.

How do I claim my dog?

A member of the public who has lost their dog can telephone the kennels on Tel 01495 724580. If the dog has been taken to the reception kennels it can be claimed on payment of the relevant charge listed at Environmental Health Fees and Charges.

The Law and Stray Dogs

The legal position regarding stray dogs is comprehensively covered by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This Act imposes upon the Council a statutory duty to deal with stray dogs. This duty is currently undertaken by the Council’s Environmental Health Department.

Many people think of a stray dog as one without a home but this is not the case. A stray dog is any dog that is roaming freely and not under the control of any person, irrespective of whether it has a home, has been micro-chipped or is wearing a collar and tag. ALL dogs MUST be micro chipped by law and wear a collar with a tag stating the owners name and address.

All dogs must be kept under control at all times. This includes preventing them from being aggressive, straying, barking unnecessarily and keeping them on a lead where appropriate.

The Council is not responsible for dogs that are mistreated or neglected, please contact the RSPCA

Dangerous Dogs

The Police have a legal responsibility to deal with all dogs irrespective of size or breed that is dangerously out of control in a public place, especially if the owner is known. If you require the police action for dangerous or banned dogs contact the police on 101 or enquire at your local police station.

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