Dog related issues – what to do

Dog related issues?

Who should I contact to tell them about the issue?

Matters relating to dogs fall under various categories. What the issue is will depend on who and how it is dealt with.

1. Dog on Dog attacks – Local Authority Dog Warden ( follow this link >>

2. Dog on Human attacks – Police (follow this link>>)

3. Dangerous Dogs /Control of Dogs/ASB relating to Dogs – Police/Housing officers/Local Council Dangerous Dogs>>

4. Dog Theft – Police (follow this link>>)

5. Lost dogs/found dogs – Dog Warden/Local vet (follow this link >>)

6. Dispute over dog ownership – Solicitors in the first instance.

The following are useful links from our partners Bournemouth Borough Council  these depending on the issue:

If a police matter contact Police on 101 or use the local Police Force website to email the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

If it is a police matter it would be helpful if you can provide..

1 – Location/Time/length of time this has been happening.

2 –  Type of Dog or description

3 – Injuries to animal or Human

4 – Details of any Vet/Hospital visits

5 – Photos of any injuries

You can download a information sheet that will help you to help us with the information we need. Follow this link>> 

Once I have told them what happens next?

An officer will contact you to talk through the issue. This may not be immediately unless there is an immediate threat, risk or harm.

What can I and other members of my community do to help?

Many people resort to using social media to highlight issues with dogs. Whilst this can be useful to warn others it can affect a criminal investigation as the post and any comments can be used in court. Please be aware of this if you feel you have to post. The only exception to this is the Dog Lost social media accounts for dogs that have been lost/stolen/found. Dog is one such site and can be accessed by following this link >>

 What happens if the problem continues?

It is not unusual that following Police action the problem re-occurs, this is normal. If this does happen, do not feel disheartened. Please let us know straightaway and we will continue to target the problem with other options that are available to us.

Dog fouling – health risk:

Toxocariasis is a rare infection caused by roundworm parasites. Humans can catch it from handling soil or sand contaminated with infected animal faeces.

Roundworm parasites are most commonly found in cats, dogs and foxes, and usually affect young children. This is because children are more likely to come into contact with contaminated soil when they play and put their hands in their mouths.

Take care around our commons and open spaces as irresponsible dog owners may not be picking up after their dog. If you notice a issue the contact the Local Authority Dog Warden ( follow this link >>

It is not just humans that can be affected, Parvo virus is transmitted between dogs and can be serious for the dog if caught:

Here are some useful links:

It is our community – we all have a responsibility to keep each other safe