Police give advice on responsibile dog ownership

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POLICE in Matlock are reminding people to make sure they are responsible dog owners.

It is after a woman reported to officers that two dogs which were not on a lead had been aggressive to her own dog, while she was walking at Sheriff Fields, Matlock, on Saturday, June 2.

Concerns have also been brought to the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team about dog fouling in the area.

PC Louise Neville of the Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We’ve recently had concerns from some local residents around stray dogs and also dog fouling in the area and we want to remind dog owners to make sure they are responsible.

“Some people are afraid of dogs or others may find a boisterous or uncontrolled dog intimidating, potentially, there is also a safety risk to other people and animals if a dog behaves aggressively.”

Officers will be speaking to and advising dog owners while they are out on patrol.

PC Neville added: “Most dog owners in our area are very considerate but in light of the recent concerns we just want to remind them to about their responsibility to make sure their dog doesn’t stray, to clean up after their pet and keep it under control in public places. Please also be considerate of those around you if walking with your dog off the lead.”

Dog owners are also advised to make sure their pet has a collar and ID tag and has ideally been micro chipped so that they can be traced back should they become lost or go missing.

Since April 2008, changes in legislation transferred the responsibility for stray dogs to the local authorities. The police are only responsible for dealing with dangerous dogs.

If you find a stray dog, you should:

Contact the owner if possible - if the dog is wearing a collar tag, it should have the owner’s contact details

Contact your council if you can’t find the owner

The council may arrange for a dog warden to collect the dog. Dog wardens are trained in capturing stray dogs and use scanners to check the dog for a microchip.

To report a stray or lost dog, or issues with dog fouling contact Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Environmental Services department on 01629 761215 or email environmenthotline@derbyshiredales.gov.uk. More information is available online at derbyshiredales.gov.uk/environment.

A Derbyshire Dales District Council spokesman said: “We are committed to helping residents be responsible dog owners. Our Dog Warden service is here to help you if you lose your dog and the aim is to prevent stray dogs from being a danger in traffic or a nuisance to people.”

To report issues with aggressive or dangerous dogs call Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number.

The Matlock Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team can also be contacted using the non emergency number or by emailing matlock.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.