Dog issues

Report stray dogs, dog fouling and dog attacks. Find out about what action we can take and how to collect your stray dog if it has been taken to the Dogs and Cats home.

Stray Dogs

Report a stray dog

To report a stray dog call 0117 922 2500 Dog Warden or 0117 977 6043 Bristol Dogs and Cats Home

Stray dog collection

We take stray dogs to the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home. You must pay a dog collection fee to get it back. Call 0117 977 6043 Bristol Dogs and Cats Home to arrange to collect your dog.

You can collect your dog once you’ve been told it has been taken to the dogs and cats home. You’ll be served notice to collect it as soon as it has been identified.  Identification is usually from microchip or from you reporting your dog missing.

It’ll cost more to pick it up the longer it stays.  Charging days start on the day it is taken to the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home.

It will cost you after:

  • one day: £59
  • two days: £70.50
  • three days: £80.50
  • four days: £91.50
  • five days: £102
  • six days: £124

If your dog is not claimed and collected within this time it will be put up for adoption.

Dog on dog attack

To report a dog on dog attack call 0117 922 2500.

We’ll look at the severity of the attack, the cost of vets bill and threat to public safety before we investigate.

If we investigate we can take the accused dog owner to court. The court can give an order for the dog to be muzzled and kept on a lead, neutering of the dog and an order to pay costs.

Dog on person attack

Report a dog on person attack to the police.

Call 101 for non-emergency.

Call 999 for emergency.

Public Space Protection Orders (Dog Control)

We have orders in Bristol to enforce responsible dog ownership.  You may be served with a fixed-penalty-notice if you:

  • allow your dog in areas where they are not allowed, this does not apply to assistance dogs for people with disabilities
  • do not keep your dog on a lead
  • do not keep your dog on a lead when ordered to do so by an authorised officer
  • do not clear up after your dog has fouled in any open area

For more information see our Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) 2017 (pdf, 269k) (opens new window)

If the PSPO is broken we may give a fixed penalty notice of £100 cut to £60 if paid within 10 days of getting it. If you don’t pay, you’ll be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.

Dog fouling

Street cleaning

Report dog fouling online for Street Cleaning


It is against the law for a dog owner not to clear up after their dog has fouled in any open area (areas open to the air on at least one side and to which the public have access to with or without payment).

If your dog fouls and you do not clear it up we can give you a fixed penalty notice. This fixed penalty notice is a fine of £100 cut to £60 if you pay within 10 days of getting it. If you don’t pay, you’ll be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.

Reporting a dog owner

We can take enforcement action against dog owners who allow their dogs to foul in an open area.  We need a diary of evidence to do this. The type of evidence we need is:

  • an address for the owner and dog
  • description of the owner and dog
  • location, time and date of the incidents

Call 0117 922 2500 to report an owner allowing their dog to foul in an open area.

Responsible dog ownership


From 6 April 2016 it will be a legal requirement that every keeper of a dog must have their dog microchipped.

The microchip must carry the correct up to date contact information on an approved database.

Dog Breeders

If your female dog has puppies, before being sold, you must have them microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are eight weeks old. The new keeper must update the contact information on the database at the transfer of keepership.

A dog must not be transferred to a new keeper until it has been microchipped.

It is also a legal requirement for your dog to wear a collar and tag when in a public place. The tag must have your name and address on it (and a phone number if possible)

Microchipping information on the RSPCA Bristol Clinic website


By law all dogs must wear a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on the tag (it is recommended to include your telephone number).


Neutering or spaying is the removal of the reproductive organs in dogs. This is a straightforward operation from which dogs recover quickly.

We support the neutering of dogs to stop unwanted puppies being born which can end up as strays. An un-neutered male dog is likely to stray from an owner’s property if there is an un-spayed female dog in season in the area. This may lead to the dog causing a road traffic accident and getting injured or injuring someone else.

Neutering information on the RSPCA Bristol Clinic website

Contact details

Dog Warden Services