Ashford Borough Council Dog Warden Service

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Stray Dogs

The dog warden collects contained stray dogs within the borough. These dogs are then taken to the council's nominated kennel. Dogs will be made available for rehoming if they are not claimed within seven full days from the time they arrive at the kennels.

If you have found a dog and have it contained call us immediately, using the contact details below.

Normal working hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm): 01233 330340

Outside normal working hours (Weekends and public holidays): 01233 331111 or complete the onlinereport a stray dog.

If reported outside of normal working hours you may need to keep the dog contained until the dog warden contacts you the next working day to arrange collection.

Complete our online enquiry form to contact the dog warden.

Lost Dogs

If you have lost a dog call us immediately so that we can check our stray dog records.

Normal working hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm): 01233 330340

Outside normal working hours (weekends and public holidays): 01233 331111

You can also register your lost or stolen dog with Dog Lost or report a lost or found dog online.

If your dog is found in the borough and taken to our nominated kennels, it will only be released to you if we are satisfied that you are the owner. You will also have to pay the required fees.

Dog Fouling

Dog owners are expected to carry a sufficient amount of plastic bags to pick up dog waste. Failure to pick up your dog waste can result in a fine or even prosecution.

Please be aware that you can dispose of dog waste in any street litter bin where there is no dog fouling bin available. Alternatively, you can take the waste home with you and dispose in your refuse bin.

Dangerous Dogs

It's against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere,whether it's a public or private place. 

Police deal with:

  • Dangerous dogs (Dangerous Dogs Act 1991);
  • Out of control dogs in a public area;
  • Dogs attacks on humans in cases where skin is broken and the dog attacked the human directly (where a human is bitten accidentally whilst trying to separate dogs the Dog Warden will take action);
  • Dogs straying onto the motorway;
  • Reports of illegal breeds (American Pit Bull Terrier, Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro).

You can report any of the issue above to the police, using their online form.

Dog on dog attacks are a civil matter. However, in certain circumstances we will intervene to ensure the offending dog owner is reminded of their responsibility. We will make sure the dog is not out of control.

Report a dog on animal attack using our online form.

Report a dog on human attack using our online form.

Once the report is received, action is taken depending on the circumstances.  

Contact Information
Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PL, United Kingdom, Kent TN23 1PL

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