What does a Dog Warden do?
A Dog Warden deals with complaints from members of the public about dog fouling, dangerous dogs and stray dogs. They patrol public parks or open public places known to be frequented by walkers.
Additionally, Dog Wardens can provide advice on dog health eg de-fleaing, worming treatment, vaccinations, neutering etc. Alternatively, they can contact someone who can help you on your behalf.
A dog is deemed to be a stray if it is unattended in a public place. Dog wardens pick up stray dogs on a daily basis and take them to a kennels. This is to ensure the dog isn’t a danger to themselves, or doesn’t cause a nuisance or risk to the public.
IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR A PET DOG TO BE IN A PUBLIC PLACE WITHOUT A COLLAR AND TAG WITH THE OWNER’S NAME AND ADDRESS ON IT. This includes when the pet is in your care. If your dog does not have a collar and tag you could be prosecuted and receive a fine of up to £5,000.
Dog Wardens keep logs of all lost and found dogs, and will collect dogs from members of the public.
If you lose or find a dog, you should report immediately to the dog warden service. Also to the nearest Police Station. This is a legal requirement. The Police Station will not take in any found dogs. They will deal in an instance of a dangerous dog, or one who has bitten a person or is likely to bite. The Police will assist if a dog is suspected of being one of the banned breeds: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Fila Brasiliero, or Dogo Argentino.
Normal Office hours: 0113 222 4406
(Monday to Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm, and Friday 8 am – 4.30 pm)
Out of hours: Tel: 0758 448 3397 or 0796 181 0279
(Monday – Friday 4.30 pm to 1.00 am and Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 9 .00 am – 1.00 am)
(From Leeds City Council website information)