Slough Borough Council work in partnership with Noah's Ark Limited to provide a confined stray dog collection service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A stray dog can only be collected by Noah's Ark if the finder keeps the dog securely in their garden, house or otherwise under control on a lead in a street or park or any other suitable location.
Under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 it is an offence for a dog to stray in the street or other public place. Any dog that is seized by the council as a stray is scanned for a microchip and checked for tattoos and tags which may identify the owner.
Any collected stray dog is transported to kennels and held for up to seven days. If the dog is not claimed during this time it will be passed on to an authorised organisation who will assess the dog for rehoming. The owner, whether they claim back their dog or not, must pay a statutory fine of £25, a collection fee, kennelling fees and any other associated costs.
We strongly suggest all dog owners microchip their dog with correct and up to date details. Alternatively owners should ensure at a minimum their dog has some form of identity on it at all times. This could include something as simple as a collar and tag with a contact number on it. Owners who leave their dog in their gardens or outside should ensure the area the dog is kept in is secure to prevent escape or theft of the dog.
Further information about responsible dog ownership can be found here.
Councillors have in September 2012 approved the implementation of five Dog Control Orders made under section 55 of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.
Slough Borough Council are hereby giving notice of implementation of these Dog Control Orders which will come into force from midnight on the 31st October 2012.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 is enforced by the council and the police. The RSPCA investigates complaints on cruelty or neglect and can be contacted on 0300 1234 999. As an animal owner you are legally required to provide your animal with the 5 freedoms:
The police enforce the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Under the Dangerous Dogs Act it's illegal to own, breed, sell, give away or keep any of the following four breeds of dog without an exemption obtained from a court: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Braziliero.
Any dog is dangerously out of control if members of the public feel fearful or distressed for their safety or if the dog causes injury to anyone. The maximum penalty for these offences is two years imprisonment and/or a fine, the court can also place additional orders on the control of the dog which could result in the destruction of the dog.