Dog fouling is dealt with by your local council.
Dog owners must, by law, pick up any mess made by their pets in public places such as roads, footpaths, school playing fields, sports fields and parks.
Your local council's enforcement officers can issue on-the-spot fixed penalty notices and refer offenders for prosecution.
Dog mess is classed as litter. When present at an unacceptable standard (a number of deposits, or dog mess combined with litter at one location) the council has a duty to clear the dog mess.
How do I report dog fouling to my local council?
Wiltshire Council: Report an issue online to Wiltshire Council
If you wish to report persistent dog fouling or would like to make a complaint against a named individual please email the dog warden at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know someone who allows their dog to foul and fails to clean up after the dog, you should make a note of the time and date of the offence and the details of the dog owner and then contact your local authority who will advise you how to proceed.
Swindon Borough Council: view the Swindon Borough Council's Dog Warden service online
If your not sure what council area you fall under visit Report dog fouling online to GOV.uk
Do not leave any animal locked in a car during warm weather. A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm outside.
The RSPCA estimate that in 22 degree weather, a car can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within an hour.
If you come across a dog in a car during warm weather, and you're concerned that the dog appears uncomfortable you should call police on 101 to report it. If the dog is in clear distress then call us on 999.
It is best to leave any physical intervention to a police officer, but if police cannot get there in time, you have to decide if you should take action yourself.
You can break into a car to rescue an animal but you must be able to justify your actions: where possible, take images / video footage, and round up as many people passing by to support you as witnesses.
Call police on 999 and tell us what you intend to do and why, provide the location, vehicle registration number, a description of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident.
Do not take action unless you are certain you are justified and defensible in court.
For more information follow the RSPCA's advice when you find a dog in a hot car
The highway code (Rule 57) states that when in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.
As of 6 April 2016 all dogs need to be microchipped which will hold owners information. Microchips can be checked by vets to establish the owner.
Lost and found dogs should be reported to the dog warden.
Currently, Wiltshire Police call handlers will try to help owners to reunite lost and found dogs on 101, but this is subject to regular review.
Police do not take in stray or found dogs. Dog wardens will collect strays during working hours but there is no out of hours service.
If you pick up a stray dog, you must take responsibility for it, report it to the dog warden, and care for it until the dog warden is able to collect it, this may include overnight or over the weekend if they are not on duty. If you cannot take care of the dog, consider local people or friends who may be able to take responsibility and ensure the dog warden knows where the dog will be kept.
Your local veterinary practice should have scanning equipment to check for the microchip, and some may even offer to take care of the dog for you until the dog warden arrives.
Use an internet search engine, or call a directory enquiries service to find a local vet.
If you are concerned that an animal is being neglected you should Report animal cruelty to the RSPCA online
Please have ready the following details: a description of the animal(s) involved, the exact location of the animals, the names and addresses of any other witnesses, the registration number of any vehicle involved, and the name and address of the suspect(s) if known.
If an act of cruelty or violence towards an animal is taking place in your presence call police on 999, or you can report the incident afterwards on 101.
To report the theft of any type of animal please call us on 101, or 999 if the incident is in progress.
Dangerous dog breeds, defined in the Dangerous Dogs Act
The law names four breeds of dogs that are banned under the dangerous dogs act. These are:
If you suspect that someone owns one of these then please report this on 101. The police will make any necessary enquiries and take appropriate action.
Dog attacks on a person or registered assistance dog
It is a criminal offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control, this means that if a dog bites a person (or a registered assistance dog), or put a person in fear that it will bite them (or a registered assistance dog), then the dog may be considered to be dangerously out of control, and you should contact police on 999 if the incident is happening now, or 101 afterwards.
Obtain the details of the owner of the offending dog and make a note of it's name, description and if possible obtain witness details.
Dog attacks on another dog (excluding registered assistance dogs)
It is not currently a criminal offence for a dog to attack another dog (unless that dog is a registered assistance dog).
If your dog is injured by attack from another dog, once it is safe to do so you should exchange details with the owner of the other dog, make a note of it's name, description and if possible obtain witness details.
Obtain veterinary advice early on and seek repayment from the other party through your pet insurance or by private civil legal action.
You may wish to report the incident to the local dog warden also (see below)
If you are reporting a dead or injured animal on the motorway, A303 or any other road where you have immediate concerns for the safety of other road users please call police on 999
If there is a dead animal in a public place, including on the local roads you will need to report it to the local council.
If the animal is in a private place, like a your garden or farmland then it is the responsibility of the land owner to remove and dispose of it.
If you suspect the animal has died as a result of cruelty then please contact police.