Council wins Award
The national animal charity, RSPCA has for the sixth year in a row, recognised the hard work and dedication of Cheshire West and Chester Council Regulatory Services staff involved in the collection and re-homing of stray dogs and the fact that the service has clear procedures and education programmes in place.
Part of this involves awareness-raising, including the Council's approach to dealing with anti-social behaviour such as failing to clean up after your dog.
The most common breed collected by the dog wardens is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier with 70 of the 394 stray dogs collected in 2016/17 being a "staffy" or "staffy" cross breed.
Of the 70 cross breeds of staffy type dogs collected, 29 (41%) had to be re homed as they were not collected by their owner. Overall 33% of the stray dogs collected in 2016/17 had to be re homed as their owners never came forward.
During office hours, any dogs collected in Cheshire West and Chester are scanned immediately for the presence of a microchip and, if possible, returned without charge to their owner. If there is no microchip, the collar information will be used.
If return is not possible at this time, the dog is taken to the kennels. Outside of office hours, dogs are taken immediately to the kennels and are scanned on arrival.
In 2016/17, 131 dogs were returned to their owners without charge because their owners could be identified and contacted by the warden. Many more may have been returned without the intervention of the dog warden as finders are able to identify the owner by the collar information.
Dog owners can really help our Regulatory Services team by ensuring that their pets are kept safe, are tagged and micro-chipped and by picking up after them.
By getting your dog tagged and micro-chipped it means you can be reunited as quickly as possible if they go astray.
From April 2016 it became a legal requirement for all dogs in England to be micro-chipped.
As well as being micro-chipped, it is also still a legal requirement for a dog in a public place to wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.
If you need to report a stray dog the following telephone numbers can be used:
Telephone: 0300 123 7038 (option 1) 8am — 7pm, Monday to Friday
Outside of these hours (including weekends and Bank Holidays) — call 0300 123 7035
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