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Your dog and the law

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This page sets out the law and procedure regarding stray dogs in Burnley. It is an overview of the laws that affect dog owners.

Stray Dogs/Identification of Dogs: Control of Dogs Order 1992

Any dog that is found roaming the streets unattended may be picked up by the council's dog warden to prevent accidents, attacks and reduce fouling.

The law states that your dog must wear a collar and tag when out in a public place.

The first time we catch your dog straying we will return it to you, free of charge, but we can only do this if it is wearing a collar/tag, or is microchipped.

We will collect all found dogs and keep them safely for a maximum of seven days so they can be reclaimed by their owner (subject to payment of a fee).

If you do not collect your dog within seven days, you will lose the right to reclaim it, and we will try to re-home it.

If you persistently allow your dog to roam unattended it will be picked up and removed from the streets and be taken directly to the kennels by the dog warden.

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

It is a criminal offence to be in charge of a dog dangerously out of control in any place (whether or not a public place). Any concerns that you have about aggressive dogs or dogs that have injured other animals should be reported immediately to the Dog Warden.

The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Burnley) Order 2010

It is an offence not to immediately remove dog faeces from any open area without the owner’s permission.  You could face a fixed penalty notice and be fined £75, or, be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1,000.

This legislation came into effect on the 6th December 2010. This means that it is illegal to fail to immediately clear up after your dog if it fouls on any designated land, which is open to the air and to which the public has access, as defined in the Schedule to the Order.

The penalty for contravening the Order is a fixed penalty notice of £75 reduced to £50, if paid within 10 days, or, prosecution in the Magistrates Court which could incur a fine of up to £1,000.

If you have concerns about dog fouling or witnessed dog fouling, or are aware of an area where dog fouling is a problem, you can report it to us online

Burnley Council has introduced new dog control orders from 1st March 2011. The orders, which were agreed by the council after a major public consultation exercise, give extra powers to council officers to tackle dog fouling and require owners to keep their dogs on a lead in certain areas. For more details click here .

Animal Welfare Act

This act provides protection not only for dogs but for all animals. It is designed to protect animals that do not receive proper care. Read more about the Animal Welfare Act.

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