Dog care and reporting dog related issues

Report a barking dog

We’ll can help if you want to complain about a barking dog – or if you need help with your own barking dog.

We need to know your name and address, and the name and address of the dog owner.

We’ll ask you to keep a diary of the dates, times and duration of the barking, and the way in which it causes a nuisance to you.

Report a dangerous dog

Report dangerous dogs to the police rather than to us.

However, it can also be beneficial to let the dog warden know of any incidents where a dog attacks a person, or another dog, as they may have supporting evidence that could help the police deal with your complaint.

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, it is an offence to allow any dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place or in a private place where it is not permitted to be. The law does not require the dog to have injured anyone prior to action being taken; an offence will be judged to have been committed if there are grounds for reasonable apprehension that the dog is likely to attack someone.

To let the dog warden know about a dangerous dog you have reported to Cambridgeshire Police, please provide the incident or crime number and email dogwarden@cambridge.gov.uk or telephone the dog warden on 01223 457900. The dog warden is available Monday to Friday during normal working hours.

Dog control

Put your dog on a lead

It is a requirement of the Road Traffic Act 1988 that dogs must be held on a lead when on a road, regardless of how well trained the dog is. Any person who causes or permits a dog to be on a designated road without being held on a lead is guilty of an offence.

Dogs should have collars and tags

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 requires dogs to wear a collar and tag with the name and address of their owner whenever it is in a public place. The fine for non-compliance can be as much as £5,000.

Dogs should have microchips

The law now requires all dogs to have microchips. Further information can be found on the dog microchipping webpage.

Help prevent your dog from straying

It is essential for you to provide your dog with an appropriate level of physical and mental stimulation to avoid problems like straying. Dogs that become bored are more likely to escape from the house or garden in search of an adventure. Your dog may also stray due to biological urges - the search for a mate. This can be countered by having your dog neutered.

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