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 and 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 email@example.com
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
It is not advisable to force entry to the vehicle yourself in the first instance.
Your first step should be to call the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. If the police don't have time to get there, then you have to decide if you should take action.
Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do, why and, where possible, take images/footage of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident. Don't do this unless certain of your ground and are prepared to defend your actions at court in the unlikely event any action was taken. 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.
We do not have the capacity to take in lost and found dogs but we will however record lost and found dogs in efforts to reunite owners.
We would advise you contact the council dog warden and any local veterinary practices. Please contact 101 who will be able to advise further.
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.
If you are concerned for the welfare of an animal Report animal cruelty to the RSPCA online
It is important to 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 you are witnessing an ongoing act of cruelty or violence towards an animal please call 101/999.
To report the theft of any type of animal please call us on 101, or 999 if the incident is in progress.
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.
If your dog has been attacked by another dog, we would advise you to report this to your local dog warden.
If you or any other person has been attacked an injured by a dog then please report this to the police on 101, or 999 if the incident is in progress.