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Dog and dog issues

Dog fouling

We regularly clean streets and public land.

Tell us about a dog fouling problem that cannot wait for the next scheduled clean. 

You can also give details if you have witnessed someone who does not clean up after their dog.

Report dog fouling

Dog waste bins

Dog waste bins are provided by us at many sites throughout Bedford Borough for dog owners to dispose of dog mess, preventing the spread of disease. If you can’t find a dog waste bin, you can put your bagged dog mess in a normal street litter bin.

Find your nearest dog waste bin.

Report overflowing dog waste bin

Dangerous dogs or illegal dog fighting

Call the Police on 101 to report dangerous dogs, dog fighting or dog on person attack.

If your dog has been involved in a dog on dog attack, this can be reported using the dog issues form:

Report a dog issue

Dog welfare

To report an issue relating to the welfare of a dog, report this directly to the RSPCA. If you see a sick dog, report this to a local vet or call the Police on 101.

Dead or injured dog

Dead dogs should be reported to a local vet or the Police on 101.

If you run over a dog, you must report this to the Police on 101.

Our working hours are 8:45am - 5:15pm Monday to Thursday and 8:45am - 5pm Friday excluding bank holidays. 

You can report an injured dog using the dog issues form during working hours.

For any emergency report outside of working hours please call 01234 267422.


Report a dog issue

Dog control orders

We have a range of dog control orders that fine people who:

  • do not clean up after their dog
  • allow their dogs in dog free zones like play areas and sports pitches
  • do not keep their dogs on leads in certain areas
  • do not have control of their dogs on a lead

Report a breach of dog control orders on ehadmin@bedford.gov.uk or call 01234 718100.

Nuisance barking

If you are experiencing an uncomfortable level of noise nuisance from dog barking please let us know. Contact the Noise Coordinator on 01234 718099 during 8:45am to 5:15pm, Monday-Thursday, and 8:45am to 4:45pm on Friday.

Lost dogs

If you have lost your dog, you can report it using the dog issues form:

Report a dog issue 

We will check the description of your dog against our records and contact you if we locate your dog.

DogLost publishes photos of lost dogs which you can also check.

Found or stray dogs

Our working hours are 8:45am - 5:15pm Monday to Thursday and 8:45am - 5pm Friday excluding bank holidays. 

You can report a found or stray dog using the dog issues form during working hours.

For any emergency report outside of working hours please call 01234 267422.

Report a dog issue

If the dog is microchipped and/or is wearing an ID tag we will try to contact the registered owner to return the dog. 

If there is no microchip or we cannot contact the owner, the dog will be taken to our kennels where they will be housed for a period of eight days. The owner will need to pay us stray dog fees, statutory fees and any vets fees that may have been incurred.

If the owner does not claim their dog within these eight days and pay the stray dog fees, the dog will be re-homed. If your dog is not microchipped or if the registered keeper details are not up to date further action may be taken against you and a fine can be imposed.

If the dog is aggressive, you should call the Police on 101.

Collecting a lost or stray dog 

If you are the owner of a dog that has been picked up as a stray, you are liable to pay:

  • £25 statutory straying fee imposed by law
  • all collection and kennelling costs incurred by your dog
  • the costs of any vet treatment that has been necessary for your dog (e.g. where it may have been sick or injured)

The current Council fees are listed and are displayed at Forest Lodge Kennels. The kennels are instructed by us to not return your dog to you until full payment of our fees has been made. You must take your identification with you to show you are the owner of the dog.

Microchip your dog

It is the law to get your dog microchipped. It’s the most effective way of permanently identifying a pet to ensure its safe return. Any owner who fails to get their dog microchipped or keep their registered details up to date, could receive a fine of up to £500.

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure is harmless and takes only a few minutes.

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