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Dogs

It is a legal requirement that dogs must be microchipped and when in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on an attached tag.

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Dog Fouling

Dog owners have a legal duty to clean up every time their dog fouls in a public place.

It is an offence if you do not clean up after your dog and may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.  

It is an offence not to provide your name and address to the officer when asked and it could result in a fine of £500.

If the fines are not paid then the matter may be referred to Sheriff Officers who will recover payment from you which will also include their fees. If the matter is not referred to Sheriff Officers, it will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

To report dog fouling please click Report Dog Fouling  and complete the relevant details.

For more information on legislation regarding dog fouling click  here

Safer Communities Officers are responsible for dealing with dog fouling complaints and can be contacted by

Telephone -  03451 550022, or

Email - safercommunities.officers@fife.gov.uk

Dangerous Dogs

The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 promotes responsible ownership of dogs and to ensure that dogs which are out of control are brought and kept under control. It also seeks to prevent dogs becoming dangerous in order to help reduce, and prevent, future dog attacks. Under the Act, Scottish Local Authorities have the power to take action against irresponsible dog owners and enforce measures to improve any such behaviour.

How does it work in practice?

Fife Council will investigate and record reports received involving dogs which are out of control. An authorised officer will carry out an investigation and if they identify that the dog is ‘out of control’, the owner will be either offered advice, issued a warning letter, or have a Dog Control Notice (DCN) served on them.

When is a dog ‘out of control?’ 

Under the definition of the Act, a dog is deemed to be ‘out of control’ if: 

  • It is not being kept under control effectively and consistently (by whatever means) by the owner (proper person) who is in charge of the dog. AND

  • Its behaviour gives rise to alarm, or apprehensiveness on the part of any individual, and the individual’s alarm or apprehensiveness is reasonable - apprehensiveness may be as to (any or all) the individuals own safety, the safety of another person, or the safety of an animal other than the dog in question.


The definition of ‘out of control ‘is written so that both parts of the test must be met in order for an authorised officer to be able to serve a DCN.

What is a Dog Control Notice (DCN)?

This is a notice which places conditions on the owner to keep their dog under control and keep others safe by aiming to prevent further incidents. It may include (but is not limited to) conditions such as: 

  • Keeping the dog on a lead in public
  • Muzzling the dog in public
  • Neutering
  • Attending and completing suitable dog training courses
  • All dogs which are subject to a DCN MUST be microchipped and registered within 14 days of issue, if not already microchipped

 
Please note that in accordance with current guidance from the Scottish Government, Fife Council will not notify complainants of any restrictions placed on a dog once a decision is made to issue a DCN.

Once a DCN has been issued, Fife Council Dog Wardens will monitor to check that the owner is complying with it. Failing to comply with a DCN is an offence under the Act and may result in the matter being reported to the Procurator Fiscal and ultimately a fine of up to £1000 and/or being disqualified from keeping a dog. The Sheriff may also order that the dog should be destroyed.

What to do if you see a dog out of control?

Dog Control Officers are responsible for dealing with out of control dog complaints and can be contacted by

Telephone -  03451 550022, or

Email - safercommunities.officers@fife.gov.uk.

If a dog is dangerously out of control in any place (e.g. bites or attempts to bite a person or seriously injures/kills another animal) this should be reported immediately to Police Scotland (Tel 101) for possible action under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Link to Scottish Government web site. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2010/9/contents

Stray Dogs

Stray dogs are caught and removed to a licensed kennel under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 149 (3). 

All dogs seized in Fife under the EPA 1990 are immediately transported to Fife Council approved kennels (unless veterinary treatment is required) and if safe to do so, the dog will be scanned or checked for ownership details.  If details are established every effort to contact the dog owner is made.

If your dog is lost and you think that it may have been uplifted by Fife Council, you can contact us or the kennels directly on the telephone numbers provided below.  You can also telephone your local Police Station who may be able to help.

Langdyke Boarding Kennels, Near Kennoway,KY8 5SQ  Tel:  01333 353546

Costs

There will be a charge for the return of your dog if it's recovered within one week of uplift payable to the kennel provider.

The charge is £67.34 (plus £15 per day or part day kennel costs) to recover your dog from the kennel.  You will also need to pay any vet treatments required by  your dog.

Please note that the kennels only  accept cash and must be paid in full on collection of dog.

Any  dog kept for more than one week (7 days) becomes the property of the kennel owner, who then has the right to sell it.

Reporting a stray dog:

You can report a stray  dog by calling Fife Council on 03451 55 00 22  (Monday - Friday  9am—4.30pm). 

Out with these times please contact your local police station.

Keeping a stray dog:

You must inform your Local Authority that you have found a stray dog immediately.

You may keep a stray dog that you find however, you must keep the dog for a period of at least two months as it can still be claimed by the legal owner during that period.  

Micro-chipping of Dogs

 It is now compulsory for all dogs over 8 weeks old in Scotland to be microchipped under the Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016; this involves your dog being implanted with a microchip and having their details registered on a compliant database.

The database must be kept up to date with any change of details of the dog or owner.

For information regarding the new microchipping regulations and how they are enforced can be found on dedicated pages of the Scottish Government website www.gov.scot/dogchipping

Country Code for Dogs

Livestock worrying is a continuing problem which can cause stress and injury to farm animals and financial loses for farmers.  

Where attacks do occur, incidents often leave dog owners shocked and traumatised by the apparently cruel behaviour of their pets.

It is important to realise that ALL dogs are capable of livestock worrying.

For further information about the rights and responsibilities of dog owners see the   Dog walking | Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Barking Dogs

It’s normal and natural for dogs to bark but when barking happens a lot, or goes on for a long time, it can be annoying and upsetting for neighbours. If the dog owner is out a lot they might not realise just how bad it is or they may just be used to the barking.

The barking dog problem is most likely to be resolved when people discuss things calmly and work out a solution between themselves. 

If you think your dog is barking too much, please click  here  to download the useful DeFRA leaflet called "Is your dog barking too much?"

To complain about barking dogs please click  here


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