Dog Control

Dogs in Cars and Dogs Abandoned in Houses

What should I do if I see a dog in distress locked in a car?

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are primarily responsible for dogs that have been left in cars and would deal with such matters as cruelty issues. When coming across such an instance you should contact the RSPCA immediately and also contact the Dog Control Team on 01437 764551.

Because of the urgency relating to such matters both the Dog Wardens and the Police may respond to such complaints but will always liaise with the RSPCA at the earliest opportunity. 

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Who are responsible for dogs abandoned in a house?

Abandoned dogs in a house would also be primarily an RSPCA matter. Difficulties may be encountered, however, in determining whether a stray dog has been abandoned or not but in the absence of clear evidence that a stray dog has been abandoned then the dog would have to be treated as a stray. If the wardens have information relating to the owner of what is believed to be an abandoned dog then efforts would be made to return the dog to it's rightful owner. 

How do I contact The RSPCA?

The RSPCA have established a Contact Centre to take call from the public. They can be contacted 08705 555999.

ID: 2374, revised 12/09/2022