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Dog Warden Service News and Updates

November 2013

Catteries

The Dog Wardens are responsible for licensing catteries. Typically they visit twice each year to check that standards comply with our licensing conditions. The conditions we currently apply have been in force since 1999. A new updated national standard has been published this month, and the Borough Council intends adopt these new standards in 2014, after we’ve consulted with the businesses which will be affected. For further details of the new Model Standards for Cat Boarding Establishments, click here.

September 2013

Pet Shops

All businesses which sell pets need to be licensed by the Borough Council. The authority grants a licence if the proprietor can show they are properly caring for the animals they have in their shop. Our elected members agreed that we should apply new conditions from 2014. These conditions will require some businesses to change the size and design of their tanks, cages and vivarium. If you want to know more about the standards pet shops must meet, click here.

April 2013

Dog Control Orders.

The Borough Council mad made 4 new Dog Control Orders. We will continue to remind dog owners of their obligations, but will now start to issue Fixed Penalties where we feel this is appropriate.

October 2012

Dog Control Orders

We’ve reviewed our dog controls and propose to update them. We have explained our proposals to Borough Councillors and Parish Councils, and from November plan to ask residents for their views. We have a series of pages giving much more detail about our proposals and an online consultation available. Clickhere to see our Dog Control Orders pages. If supported controls will be adopted in spring 2013.

September 2012

Contingency Plans

As part of the councils contingency plans to help residents in emergency situations we’ve looked at how we can assist residents if they need to leave their homes, and can not find temporary accommodation for their pets.

We’ve asked our licensed Kennels and Catteries if they would be prepared to help, and have updated our lists to show those who have agreed to assist.

We are also asking residents to register with us if they may be able to temporarily help look after other pets anything from a rabbit to a pony.

If a problem occurs we will use our register to contact volunteers and see if they can help. If you would like to know more about this scheme, or offer your help please download our registration form here.

July 2012

Farm Animals in Your Garden

We’ve worked with Staffordshire County Council’s Animal Health Team to ensure that residents who want to keep a range of animals including chickens and pigs have practical information to ensure the animals remain in good health and do not cause problems for neighbours. We’ve published a range of advice sheets click here for details.

April 2012

New Charges

From 1st April 2012 Stray Dog charges have increased. The borough council charges £66 to return a dog it has found straying. If the owner can not be found straight away the dog is taken to the City Dogs Home at Bucknall. Owners need to pay £66 plus a kennelling charge of £12.00 for each day (or part day) the dog has been at the kennels.

February 2012

Dogs and Livestock

Thousands of sheep and cattle die from injuries caused by dogs every year and livestock worrying costs an estimated £2m per year.

If a dog worries livestock, the dog owner or the person responsible for the animal at the time is guilty of an offence under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 and may be sued for compensation by the farmer. The law allows farmers to shoot dogs that are threatening livestock

Dogs must be kept on a lead or ‘under close control’, when you are on any land that contains livestock.

June 2011

Summer Events

We’ve had requests for Dog Wardens to attend several community events through the summer.

Our first will be supporting Clayton Hall Business and Language College with its summer fair on Saturday 16th July

The College want this fair to be a whole community event, and are working with Clayton Residents Association and Greyhound Gap to make it a success. There will be a distinct theme to the event “Dogs”.

The pupils will be working on running 24 stalls, the Escape to Safety trailer is coming and Greyhound Gap will be running a Fun Dog Show, with classes including: Fancy Dress, Catch the Biscuit, Waggiest Tail, Best Under 12’s Handler, Best Trick and Best rescue Dog.

There will also be a Dog Agility Display by the Midlands Border Collie Club.

The event organiser is Mandy Marks

Tel: 01782 297560 email: mandimarks@clatyon.staffs.sch.uk

Click here to find out more about the Clayton summer fair

We will also be attending the Mid Summer Mayhem event in Lyme Valley Park on Sunday 7th August where there will also be a dog show. Midsummer Mayhem is a fun day out for the whole family. Taking place at Lyme Valley Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the event brings together a number of different organisations to provide a great day out for the family. Organisations will be on hand to give advice on topics ranging from recycling, health and volunteering through to safety and crime prevention. There are lots of activities for the children too with inflatables and entertainment.

For further details please contact Cllr. Elizabeth Shenton on the following details:

Tel: 01782 740 276 / 07904 189579

Email:elizabeth.shenton@newcastlelibdems.org.uk

Location : Lyme Valley Park - 11am-5pm

May 2011

Stray Dog numbers

We've totalled up the number of strays dogs we dealt with last year. Between April 2010 and March 2011 we collected 248 stray dogs. 35 were taken straight back to their owner. 84 were collected by their owner from the kennels and 122 were rehomed to new owners. 7 dogs were put to sleep because of ill health or aggression

January 2011

New Dog Warden Service Advice Leaflet

We’ve reviewed the questions we are regularly asked, and produce a new advice booklet. We will be handing out copies at the public events we attend, explaining the work dog wardens do, and the help we can offer. If you would like to download a copy of the booklet click here.

Seizure of Stray Dogs - changes from 4th Janaury 2011

From 4th January 2011 we will be revising our stray dog arrangements. If a dog warden finds a dog running loose, and we are able to contact its owner we will offer two options for its return. New charges apply.

If the owner is able to pay the fine of £66 immediately the warden will return the dog to its owner promptly.

If the owner is not able to pay straight away, the dog will be taken to the City Dogs Home. Its owner will then have up to 7 days to pay the £66 fine and daily kennelling charges to reclaim their dog.

Public Events Programme 2011

We are currently planning our public events programme for 2011. Throughout the summer we attend a number of community events and fun days. We can either man a stand offering advice and information, or can run events such as a fun dog show perhaps in partnership with local dog training schools.

If you would like the dog wardens to attend your community event please contact darren.hawkesworth@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk or call 01782 742590

Sponsor our Community Work

If you would like to support our community work perhaps by donating prizes, or to advertise on our vehicles please contact david.beardmore@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk or call 01782 742590

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