Animal welfare service
Complaints of animal nuisance will be investigated by the Animal Welfare Service.
Pets kept in unhygienic conditions can cause a smell nuisance to neighbours. Dogs left alone to bark for a long period may be a noise nuisance to people living nearby.
Anyone owning a pet has a duty to keep it in a way which does not interfere with their neighbour's enjoyment of their homes. We always try to resolve problems through information and advice. However, irresponsible pet ownership is classed as anti-social behaviour and noise and smell nuisance may be dealt with under the Environmental Protection Act which carries a fine of up to £5,000.
The Animal Welfare Section responds to a range of complaints of nuisances caused by animals:
- Accumulation of dog foul in domestic gardens
- Dogs straying
- Dangerous/aggressive dogs
- Smell caused by animals in domestic properties
- Dogs fouling public land