Dartford Borough Council has an Animal Control Officer.
If you find a stray dog within the Dartford Borough Council area, you should contact our Animal Control Officer on 01322 343434.
If You Find a Stray
- If the owner is identifiable from the collar and tag, return the dog to them
- Contact Dartford Civic Centre on the telephone numbers above and you will be advised of the procedure depending on whether your call is during normal working hours or out of hours. If possible we will collect the dog but if the Animal Control Officer is unavailable, or your call is out of hours, you will be directed to Dartford Borough Council's stray dog kennels.
- Report it online now
- Dartford Borough Council may, using powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, seize any dog caught straying on public land and private land (with the co-operation of the land owner) and impound it until the owners have come forward and paid a release charge. If, after 7 days, the dog is not claimed, it will become property of Dartford Borough Council.
Dartford Borough Council will make every effort to rehome any seized dog into a suitable home.
Dartford Borough Council now operates a 24 hour reception point for stray dogs to be taken to. Please contact the Council if you find a stray dog out of hours and you will be advised accordingly.
If You Lose Your Dog in the Dartford Borough
- 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)
- Report it online now
- Telephone local Veterinary Surgeries and local Animal Rescue Centres.
- Ask neighbours and other local residents. Consider putting up lost dog posters with your pet's photo on it.
- If your dog is microchipped, telephone Pet ID on 01273 836675
- Telephone Battersea Dogs Home's Lost Dogs Line on 0901 4778477
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Tel: 01474 874994
Fax: 01474 872855
- Visit www.doglost.co.uk or call them on 0130 2743 361
Please Be a Responsible Dog Owner
- Keep a collar and tag with your name and address inscribed on it, on your dog; and keep the dog under control when in public places (this is a legal requirement under the Control of Dogs Order 1992)
- Vaccinate your pet
- Regularly treat your pet for worms
- Consider training classes and seek behavioural advice where necessary
- Neuter your pet and help to keep the number of unwanted dogs to a minimum. Many dogs in Britain have to be destroyed because suitable homes cannot be found for them.
Under 'The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015' it is compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England to be fitted with microchips and registered on an approved database.
Dogs will need to be microchipped and registered with their keeper's contact details.
The only exemption from the requirement is where a vet has certified in writing that a dog is unfit to be microchipped.
Dartford Borough Council can microchip your dog for £26. Should you wish to have your dog micro-chipped please contact the contact the Council and the Animal Control Officer will contact you to make an appointment.
Occasionally the Council may also run promotions or be aware of other offers where micro-chipping is carried out at a reduced rate. Please contact the Animal Control Officer to discuss such offers or alternative organisations which may offer micro-chipping at a reduced rate.
The process only take a few minutes, is virtually pain-free and is there for life. The microchip contains a unique number that corresponds with the animal's address and the owner's contact details, recorded at the same time the microchip is fitted. The details are stored on a central database.
Please note that when you change your address or contact details you will need to inform the database company with which the dog is registered.
More information about microchipping is available from the Dogs Trust https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/community-events/
If You Think Your Dog Has Been Stolen
- Report the loss to the police as soon as possible. Get in touch with your Council's Animal Control Service, local vets, neighbouring local authorities, rescue centres and the microchip company as soon as you can.
- Use an up-to-date photo for identification.
- Keep in contact with all the organisations that you have reported your lost dog to.
Keeping Your Dog Safe
- Never tie your dog outside a shop.
- Do not leave your dog unattended in a car.
- Never allow your dog to stray.
- Never ask a stranger to keep an eye on your dog.
- Be aware of strangers, especially so if they are asking questions about your dog.
- Ensure fencing around your property is adequate and secure and check on your dog when it is alone in the garden.
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Dogs Act 1871 the Council has the power to give advice and in some cases take action where it is believed that a dog is placing the public at risk.
It is the responsibility of Kent Police to deal with dog attacks and bites on people.
Dartford Borough Council will deal with complaints alleging dogs intimidating members of the public, acting aggressively and dog on dog attacks. Report a problem online.
The banned dogs within the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 are as follows:
- Pit Bull Terrier Type
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentina
- Fila Braziliero
Wanting to Give a Home to a Dog
If you are considering giving a dog a new home please contact Dartford Borough Council's Animal Control Officer on 01322 343088 and he can advise you on the current dogs needing a home and the procedures involved.
All dogs will be rehomed with a microchip. Homes are checked prior to any agreement and if households include children and dogs they will have to be meet with the dog for rehoming in order to assess compatibility.
There is a reasonable rehoming charge for most dogs housed by Dartford Borough Council.
Dartford Borough Council is now working alongside The Shrubbery Veterinary Centre, Northfleet, in an attempt to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and can now offer all new owners of dogs rehomed from us a 25% discount on neutering and a 10% discount on vaccinations.
Rehoming Your Dog
If you can no longer care for your dog, the Council's Dog Control Service cannot take your dog. They will however provide you with advice on how to rehome them.
Organisations which may be able to help are:
- Battersea Dogs Home at Brands Hatch, phone 01474 874994
- RSPCA, phone 01322 286720
- Last Chance, phone 01732 865530
If a dog barks continuously throughout the day or night it can be considered to be causing a noise nuisance.
Dartford Borough Council will investigate your complaint, which may include sending diary sheets for you to complete and return, so that we can determine the nature of the problem. We will also write to the dog owner advising them we have received a complaint about dog noise in the hope that this may resolve the barking nuisance. Report a problem online now.
If the problem continues, the owner of the dog making the noise will be advised that the matter will be investigated further. An officer from Dartford Borough Council will then need to witness the barking.
We also have the option to install sound monitoring equipment into the property of the complainant.
If the noise is deemed to be a statutory nuisance we will serve an Abatement Notice, requiring the owner of the dog to take steps to reduce the noise problem.
If the barking persists after an abatement Notice has been served the dog owner may be referred for prosecution at a Magistrates' Court.
Reporting Dog Fouling
If you wish to report a problem of persistent dog fouling in an area, please use our online report form now.
Efforts will be made to apprehend the offender(s) and to ensure the area has an adequate number of anti dog fouling notices prominently displayed. It helps Dartford Borough Council if a good description of both owners and dogs can be given as well as regular walking times.