Other dog-related issues

Report a dog issue
Dog fouling
Doggy bags
Aggressive dogs
Lost or stray dogs
Dog walker signs
Reporting animal abuse/cruelty
Reporting a missing cat

Report a dog issue

Contact the animal warden service. The warden will respond within 24 hours or the next working day.

Alternatively, residents can report an animal problem online.

Reporting animal abuse/cruelty

All acts of animal cruelty should be reported to the RSPCA who will investigate.

Dog fouling

Areas near parks have become popular dog walking routes and are consequently busier. Regular inspections of the problem locations by both the animal warden and the local wardens can determine when offences are occurring and target those times. Some issues do need persistent attention and sometimes even a police presence.

Read more information on dog fouling

Doggy bags

Animal wardens have a limited supply of doggy bags which they hand out on patrols or when visiting estate offices. Dog walkers. however, are responsible for ensuring they have bags. Not having them is not an excuse for not clearing up after your dog.

Bagged dog waste can be deposited into any litter bin across the city. Find your nearest litter bin

Aggressive dogs

Aggressive dog behaviour is enforceable by the police under the Dangerous Dog Act 1991. Local authority animal wardens can investigate the issue and liaise with the police.

Owners are responsible for being in control of their dog (Animals Act 1971). Damage caused by owners training their dogs eg tree damage from dogs strengthening their jaws, is considered enforceable under the Dangerous Dogs Act and should be reported to the police.

Lost or stray dogs

All dogs should wear a collar by law (Control of Dogs Order 1992).

You can read more information of lost or stray dogs and how to report them here.

Dog walker signs

There is signage in dog control order areas (Queens Park, Churchill Gardens and Victoria Piazza) to notify dog owners. This is supplemented by the standard dog fouling signs that are visible throughout Westminster.

Reporting a missing cat

A cat is deemed a wild animal and therefore is not required by law to be under control of its owner. This means that a cat would not be collected by the warden. Please contact local veterinary clinics and rescue centres to alert them to your missing cat.


Last updated: 18 May 2016
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