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Dogs and Animals

Too much dog barking can be very annoying for neighbours. It is against the law for a dog to bark all the time and cause a nuisance to people. Owners who permit their dogs to bark constantly can be fined.

A responsible dog owner must clean up after their dog, if not they may get a fine or even be prosecuted.

We collect or seize any stray dogs found in the borough and keep them safe until they are claimed.

If they haven’t been collected after seven days the dog will be re-homed.

Dangerous Dogs

Reports of Dog-on-Person attacks should be reported to Kent Police.

Dog-on-Dog attacks are civil matters.

If you have a lost dog, you can let us know by either completing our online form or by contacting us. Your dog may have been found and held by a member of the public, taken to a veterinary surgery, taken to a dog rescue centre or collected as a stray dog and kennelled by the Dog Warden.

Dogs with collars, tags and/or microchips

If we find your dog as a stray we will try to contact you and return your dog to you, although we are not obliged by law to do so. The fee for doing this is £65 per dog.

If your dog has been found stray more than once, it may be removed straight to the kennels.

Dogs collected as a stray by the Dog Warden and taken to the kennels

When you reclaim a dog that has been seized and detained as stray by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, by law you must pay all costs incurred by way of the dogs detention as stray before the dog should be released back to you, Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 149 (5).

Kennelling costs are by the day or half day, these fees are payable at the time of collecting your dog and must be paid directly to the kennels and not Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

To ensure you get your dog back as soon as possible, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will invoice you for all other fees, and you will be required to sign a form as an undertaking that you agree to pay the fees on receipt of the invoice.

The following fees will apply:

Dog Warden fees for the collection and removal of a stray dog to the kennels is £65.00 per dog

If your dog is kennelled a Government Levy of £25 per dog is applied.

An out of hours fee is applied if your dog has been collected and taken to the kennels between the hours of 4pm and 9.30am or at weekends and on bank holidays. This fee is £35.00

If your dog has to be seen by a vet for it's immediate welfare you will be charged for this service.

When you are collecting your dog you must:

  • Provide proof of identity such as passport or drivers licence
  • Provide proof of address such as a recent utility bill or bank statement
  • Sign a form at the kennels stating that you agree to pay all other fees as invoiced by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

A stray dog will be kept in the kennels for a period of seven days, after which it can be legally rehomed. Every effort will be made to rehome dogs but where we are unable to find a suitable home or the dog is too aggressive to be rehomed the dog may be destroyed.

Failure to pay an invoice in relation to the seizure and detention of your dog may result in legal action being taken against you.

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