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Dog control

Walsall Council officers are working to clamp down on the problem of dog fouling in the borough. We are reminding dog owners that a person may be issued with a £50 fixed penalty fine, if they do not clean up. Alternatively, they may be prosecuted through the Magistrates' Court, where the maximum fine is £1,000.

" We are backing the 'Keep Britain Tidy' campaign which aims to raise awareness that any litter bin can be used to dispose of dog mess. 

In recent years, there has been a growing problem of dog waste bags found hanging on trees, on railings or stuffed in hedges. It would appear that some dog owners are picking up their dog’s mess but are then simply dumping the bags. This is not acceptable. There are litter bins dotted throughout the borough and it is easy for dog owners to dispose of it responsibly."

Walsall Council

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Dog waste bags are easily carried and readily available from most pet stores and vets. Plastic carrier bags also have the added advantage of being re-used for the same purpose. Dog waste wrapped in this way can be disposed of in any ordinary litter bin or taken home and placed with normal household waste.

The campaign promotes responsible dog ownership and the message that it is every dog owner’s duty to clean up after their dog.

If you are aware of offenders causing a particular problem in your neighbourhood you can contact Clean and Green on 01922 653344 or by email, they will then investigate and take appropriate action to prevent the recurrence of the problems.

Stray Dogs

Walsall Council is responsible for receiving and kennelling all stray dogs found within the borough.

Police Stations do not accept dogs. If you have a stray dog Monday to Friday during office hours (08.45 – 17.15) please call 01922 653030 and we will deal with your enquiry.

Sunnyside Kennels

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Sunnyside Kennels is where the dog wardens take all stray dogs found during normal office hours in the borough.

Stray dogs are a nuisance and can also be a danger to the public. It is an offence to allow your dog to wander the streets unattended, as there is a possibility of them causing accidents, attacking a member of the public or another dog, or fouling in a public place.

Every effort is made to respond to all reports received regarding stray dogs on the same day as they are reported.

Depending on the Dog Warden's day-to-day workload, however, it may not be possible to collect a stray dog from a member of the public later than mid-afternoon. The kennels contracted by the service, close at 16:45 hours and it might not be possible for the Dog Warden to collect and transport a dog from the borough’s boundaries in time.

Stray Dogs Service

The Council does not provide an ‘out-of-hours stray’ dog collection service. Our contracted kennels for daytime strays is Sunnyside Kennels, Dark Lane, Coven, Staffordshire, WV10 7PN. Telephone number 01902 790618. It should be noted that Sunnyside Kennels will not collect dogs from members of the public.

If a member of the public finds a stray dog outside of normal hours they may keep it safe until the following working day when a dog warden will be able to collect the dog.

Re-homing of Dogs

The dog warden service does not provide a re-homing service.

Reuniting Seized Dogs with their Owners

On collection of your dog from the kennels you will be required to pay kennelling and any veterinary costs, along with a £25.00 administration fee payable on collection of the dog.

Dangerous Dogs

All dog owners must keep their dog under control at all times. A dog is considered as dangerous if it is out of control, if it injures someone or makes someone worried that it may injure them. All dangerous dog enquiries are dealt with by the Police in Walsall and can be reported by telephoning the Police on 101 or by using their online reporting form.

Dogs Lost and Found

If you have lost your dog please phone us on 01922 653030 or send an email containing the following details:

  • A photograph if you have one
  • Your name
  • Location
  • Contact number
  • Name of dog
  • Time/date/place lost

Contact Us

Environmental Health
Civic Centre
Darwall Street

Telephone 01922 653366
Contact us by email