Dog fouling upsets local residents, spoils the environment, and can even cause serious health problems particularly to children.
It is an offence to not clean up after your dog and you could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100. If taken to court, you could face a maximum fine of £1,000.
There are no excuses for failing to clean your dog’s mess – it takes very little time and effort. When walking your dog, make sure you always carry a ‘poop-scoop’ and doggie bags. That is all you need to keep the town tidy.
Help us catch the offenders
If you can provide information that might help to identify offender(s) i.e. description of dog, regular time of offence, location of offence, car registration, address of offender(s) then this may be used to prioritise patrols or enforcement action.
Dog owners generally tend to take their dogs for routine walks along the same routes so if there is a persistent problem we can monitor.
Tackling dog fouling is very important because it is one of the biggest concerns among residents.
We provide dog waste bins and general litter bins that can accept dog waste throughout the borough at locations such as parks, pedestrianised areas, grass verges, open green spaces and public footpaths. We also check dog bins on a regular basis and empty them when required.
If you have lost your dog, there are several things you can do.
Report the dog as lost to the police so they can keep a record and, hopefully, contact you should it turn up or be found. Please note that the police no longer take in lost dogs. This is Burnley Council’s responsibility. You can also contact locals vets and other neighbouring authorities if you lost your dog near to local boundaries.
Ensure your dog has a correct identity tag and is microchipped so that it can be returned to you quickly.
Reports of lost dogs are checked against the found dog register so that the resident can be notified on the same working day whether their dog has been found and if so which kennels it can be collected from.
Found Dog/Stray Dog
Burnley Council has a duty to collect and detain stray dogs.
The dog warden will collect secured stray dogs on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fridays from 9 am to 4.15pm. Wed 10am to 4.15pm. They are taken to Aspen Valley, Accrington (01254 233702) for safe keeping.
Owners are able to reclaim their dogs from kennels. However, they are required to pay £50 plus the cost of kenneling, for which there is a daily charge. The kennels work with local re-homing charities to ‘place’ unclaimed dogs. We have an excellent record of successful placements. The council has the power to dispose of the dogs if they remain unclaimed.
The Council works in partnership with our dog kenneling provider, Aspen Valley, Accrington (01254 233 702). Any lost dogs are taken to Aspen Valley for safe kenneling.
Out of hours service
The council’s dog warden service operates between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
If you find a dog outside these hours the Council operates an out of hours dog kennelling service where stray dogs can be taken to: Aspen Valley, Accrington between the hours of 5 pm – 10 pm, Monday – Friday (except Bank Holidays) and 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
The council also offers an out of hours collection service for secured strayed dogs between the hours of 5pm – 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1.30pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. This is for secured dogs only. To request this service please phone the Council’s out of hours service on 01254 356535.