The Council is responsible for issuing licences to animal establishments within the Borough and can therefore act on reports of abuse, neglect or concerns over animal welfare within these establishments.
We can also investigate problems with odours, waste or contamination by animals within the borough but we are unable to address issues of animal welfare in private properties.
Dartford Council are happy to advise on animal welfare issues and assist where possible during normal working hours but would recommend contacting the RSPCA for general animal concerns on 0300 1234 999.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars
During the warm weather the inside of a car can get very hot, very quickly. If you leave your dog in your car, the heat can have a detrimental effect on the animal a lot sooner than you may think.
When the temperature reaches 22C/72F outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47C/117F within an hour. Leaving your window open or covering your windscreen has very little effect on cooling the vehicle down.
It is a legal requirement under the Animal Welfare Act to care for your animal and if you put your pet at risk and leave your dog in a hot car you could face prosecution.
Dogs in hot cars can begin to pant very quickly. This can be the start of heatstroke. Once a dog has heatstroke it can die very quickly.
If you see a dog locked in a car during hot weather please contact the RSPCA's 24-hour Cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 or call Dartford Borough Council's Animal Control Officer on 01322 343434 or Kent Police on 01622 690690.
If you need to report an act of cruelty, neglect or concern about the welfare of an animal, call the RSPCA's 24-hour national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.
The aims of Animal Samaritans are to rescue, provide care and shelter for unwanted, abandoned, neglected or ill-treated animals and to provide new homes for them wherever possible. To assist owners of pets to meet veterinary fees where they are unable to meet such fees themselves. Phone for North West Kent branch 0208 303 1859
- Website: www.animalsamaritans.org.uk
Premises Requiring Licenses
The types of premises which require licenses are:
- Riding establishments (per horse)
- Animal boarding establishments (cats and dogs)
- Dog breeding establishments
- Pet shops
- Dangerous wild animals
Contact Dartford Borough Council's Animal Control Officer, 01322 343088 or 01322 343434, we may have already picked your dog up. Also try contacting neighbouring Councils (Gravesend: 01474 337 334, Bexley: 0208 303 7777, Sevenoaks: 01732 227 000)
Animals and pest controlThe Environmental Health team provides a pest control service and issues animal and welfare licences. We also have an Animal Control Officer/Dog Warden service
Urban foxesThe fox is an opportunist which has adapted perfectly to urban and suburban environments. It is a small member of the canine family, an omnivore that will eat practically anything.
Riding Establishment licenceTo run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction) in the Dartford Borough, you will need a licence from us.
Performing Animals RegistrationIf you exhibit, use or train performing animals in the Dartford district, you must be registered with us.
Animal Boarding Establishment LicenceTo run a boarding kennel or cattery in the borough of Dartford, you need a licence from us.
Dog Breeding Establishment licenceAll dog breeding establishments require a valid licence to operate.
Dangerous Wild Animal LicenceThe keeping of certain species of wild and exotic animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act. No one may keep any dangerous wild animal listed in The Dangerous Wild Animals Act without first obtaining a licence from us
Pet Shop LicenceTo run a business selling pet animals in the Dartford borough you will need a licence. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the Internet.
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