Dogs and dog ownership

Argyll and Bute Council employs 9 Environmental Wardens, who deal with all aspects of dog control, such as:

  • Promotion of responsible dog ownership
  • Enforcement of Dog Fouling legislation and erection of "No Dog Fouling" signs
  • Enforcement of Dog Control legislation (Dangerous Dogs)
  • Uplift and care of stray dogs

If you have a dog complaint please contact 01546 605514, email enquiries@argyll-bute.gov.uk  or call in to your nearest Customer Service Point.

Dog Fouling

Tell us about a dog fouling problem in your area

Argyll and Bute Council is designated under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act.  This means that it is an offence to allow a dog, for which you are responsible, to foul designated land and not clean it up immediately. Any area of land which is open to the air, on at least one side, to which the public have access, either with or without charge (including parks, recreation areas, foot paths, grass verges, roadside gutters etc.) is classed as designated land.

Dog Fouling is unsightly and irresponsible on the part of the dog owner.  People responsible for a dog who do not move to clear up after the animal will be fined £40 on the spot. The fines can be handed out by the environment wardens, some other Council officers and the Police.

The fine is payable within 28 days, and if it is not paid will increase to £60. Failure to pay could result in court proceedings being taken. Certain offenders could be fined up to £500.

Topics and advice on  Dog Fouling issues can be found in the leaflet supplied by ENCAMS A Guide to Dog Fouling and the Law.

Remember - Scoop it, Bag it, Bin it

What is a Stray Dog?

Any dog loose in a public place with no person obviously responsible for it may be considered a stray.  It is then the duty of the Environmental Warden to seize the dog. If the dog has previously been uplifted by the warden, it will be taken to the nearest boarding kennels available to the warden and detained until the dog is claimed.  Before you reclaim your dog you must visit your local Customer Service Point or phone 01546 605515 to pay the appropriate fine and receive a receipt before your dog will be released from the kennels. Enquiries and payments for detained dogs are only available during normal Area Office hours.  Charges for credit card payment 2.35% of the value of the transaction.  If the dog remains unclaimed after seven calendar days it becomes the responsibility of Argyll and Bute Council, who then will rehome the dog wherever possible.  However, if the dog is not rehomed or unsuitable for rehoming Argyll and Bute Council has the discretion to humanely destroy the animal. Please be aware that kennelling charges may be a significant sum dependent on the duration of the dogs stay.

Kennelling Charges

Details of Charge Cost
Standard Fee (Statutory Fee) £25.00
Daily Boarding Fee £13.15
Kennel Inoculation Fee £40.55

Please note: Payment must be made in advance.  A receipt will be issued to allow the owner to collect their dog from the kennels.  In order for Kennel Operators to accept dogs there is a requirement that they are inoculated

Legal Requirement

It is legally required for all dogs to wear a collar and identification tag, which gives the name and contact details of the owner.

How to be a "Responsible owner"

  • It is a good idea to have your dog "microchipped".  This process involves the painless insertion of a small chip in the back of the dog's neck.  This chip contains all the owners details and if the dog was seized by the warden, he would scan the dogs neck to reveal the details and then return the dog to the correct owner.  Microchipping can be done by your local vet for around £20, which is minimal in comparison to the possible fees incurred by kennelling your dog as a stray.
  • Never allow your dog to roam around alone.  It could easily cause an accident or be picked up as a stray.
  • Always have a collar on your dog, with name tag and always have it on the lead especially near roads or other animals.
  • Train your dog in basic obedience, and let him know if he has done well.

Then you will gain confidence and trust in each other and create "A Man's Best Friend".

Argyll and Bute Council are associate members of the Scottish Canine Consultative Council.