Dog Services

Dog fouling

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.

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 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 it.

Tackling dog fouling is very important because it is one of the biggest concerns among residents.

Dog bins

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.

Lost Dogs

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 Dogs/Stray Dogs

Burnley Council has a duty to collect and detain stray dogs.

The Dog Warden will collect secured stray dogs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00am-4:15pm. Wed 10:00am-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 kennelling, 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.

Dog Kennels

The Council works in partnership with our dog kennelling provider, Aspen Valley in Accrington (01254 233702). Any lost dogs are taken to Aspen Valley for safe kennelling. 

Out of hours service

The council’s dog warden service operates between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

The council also offers an out of hours collection service for secured strayed dogs between the hours of 5:00pm-7:00pm Monday to Friday and 10:00am-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. 

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