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Birmingham City Council

Animal Welfare

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Overview

Follow the link Dog Control Orders to view the orders which came into force in Birmingham from 1 March 2014. The orders are also attached to the bottom of this web page.

The City Council is supporting a number of FREE dog micro-chipping events at venues across the city, click on Micro-chipping in the essential information box below for more details.

If you wish to report a problem relating to animal welfare issues, press the 'Report a dog or other animal welfare issue' button above.

If you would like to report a lost, stolen, stray, dangerous dog or dog fouling please press the 'Report a lost, stray, missing and dangerous dog' button above. If you have any issues accessing the self service option or you are unable to access a computer please call 0121 303 6007. When completing the above form it will automatically be sent to the dog warden who operate Monday to Friday 9:00 - 16:00 (excluding Bank Holidays), who will attempt to respond the same day.

Please Note: Alternative arrangements are in place over the weekend and outside office hours, for stray dogs please call 07500 553000 for further advice or if the matter relates to a dangerous dog please contact the Police on 999 in an emergency or 101 for less urgent enquiries.

We deal with issues such as:

  • Dog enquiries (such as stray dogs)
  • Keeping, movement, and sales of pets and commercially traded animals, including livestock
  • Enforcing legislation relating to animals
  • Visiting premises where animals are kept
  • Licensing animal related establishments

If you wish to make an application to gain a licence for an animal related establishment please visit our Animal Licensing page. It is against the law to run an animal related establishment without a valid licence/certificate.

Please note: We do not deal with enquiries relating to cats. Cases of injured stray cats should be referred to the RSPCA.

Birmingham City Council does not use snares in its parks and open spaces and will never give permission for others to do so either.

For information on keeping chickens on allotment sites please see the husbandry conditions and supplementary notes.

Essential Information
  • Any dog that is not with its owner may be seized as a stray by a dog warden, and, unless badly injured, will be taken to Birmingham Dogs Home. Stray dogs are kept as lost property for 7 days, unless claimed. Any owner wishing to claim their dog will be required to pay a fee of £25.00 plus kennelling costs (charged on a daily basis) to Birmingham Dogs Home. Those dogs not claimed by their owners will, if suitable, be re-homed.

    If a dog is wearing a collar and identification tag or is microchipped, the dog wardens will try to return the dog to its owner. This will only be on the first occasion. If the dog is seized again it will be impounded.

    We do not deal with cases of injured stray dogs. You should report these cases directly to the RSPCA.

    Lost and Stolen dogs

    If you have lost your dog, you should contact the following organisations giving as detailed a description as possible. It is important to note that many stolen dogs can end up as strays, some weeks or even months later.

    Stray dogs can travel some distance. They can then be picked up by a member of the public and taken to their nearest authority, which might not be in the area where the dog originally went missing.

    Local Police Station

    Dog theft is a crime and should be reported to the Police, although the Police will not take details of lost dogs. Please call 0345 113 5000.

    Birmingham Dogs Home(s)

    All stray dogs in Birmingham are taken to Birmingham Dogs Home. You should visit the home if your dog has gone missing. Descriptions of dogs can sometimes be misleading so a personal visit is advisable, when you will be able to instantly recognise your dog. Please call Birmingham Dogs Home on 0121 643 5211.

    RSPCA Hospital - Birmingham

    The RSPCA would normally take in injured stray dogs. Please call the RSPCA Birmingham Animal Hospital on 0300 123 0710.
    Other- alternative options

    You might also consider contacting local vets or animal rescue groups. Putting up posters in your local shop window or leafleting the local area has also proved successful with some dog owners in the past.

  • The dog wardens will investigate complaints about dogs that are not kept in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This includes cases of cruelty, neglect or abandonment. To report a dog welfare issue please press the 'report a dog or other animal welfare issue' button above.

    Complaints about the welfare of other animals should be reported to the RSPCA.


  • If you would like to report a dangerous dog, please press the 'report a lost, stray, missing and dangerous dog' button above.

    In an emergency for instance, if you witness a member of the public being bitten by a dog, contact the West Midlands Police immediately on 999.

    Please note: when reporting a dangerous dog please provide as much detail of the dog owner, the location of the dog and why you think it is dangerous.


  • We are responsible for the prevention and control of farm animal diseases (for instance: bird flu, foot and mouth disease), and for regulatory controls on the keeping and movement of livestock. We visit commercial farms, private keepers, and community farms to ensure compliance.

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs may impose further movement restrictions.

  • The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act requires any person in charge of a dog which fouls on designated land, to remove the dog mess immediately. Almost all land in Birmingham is designated. Offenders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice (£50).

    If you are issued with a fixed penalty notice this will include details, where and how payment of the fine can be made. Failure to pay will result in prosecution and, if the matter goes to court, may result in a fine of up to £1,000.

    The dog wardens affix appropriate signs to lamp posts and distribute educational leaflets and posters to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.


  • Owning a dog involves both responsibilities as well as pleasures. The following basic tips can help prevent your dog from causing a nuisance:

    Train your dog in elementary obedience, so that it is under control at all times.

    The dog licence was abolished in 1986, but there are a number of schemes available which offer microchipping, tattooing or other means of permanent identification, with details of ownership being placed on a database. Dog owners may wish to choose one of these schemes as additional security, but should be aware that the law still requires every dog to wear a collar with its owners name and address on it, whilst in a public place.

    Keep your dog on a lead anywhere near a road or where there are other animals. Make sure your dog has a collar with name and address.

    Make sure that your garden is properly fenced so that your dog cannot escape. Never let your dog out on its own, but take it for properly controlled exercise.

    Always carry a poop scoop when out with your dog and clean up should your dog foul in any public place. You can also train your dog to 'go at home'. Start when the dog is young, and make sure you have a place your dog can use for toilet purposes (even if you do not have a garden). Remember to clean up droppings on a regular basis and bury it, or put it in a chemical loo. Alternatively double wrap/bag it and put it in the bin.

    Do not allow your dog to bark constantly, a well trained dog is not one that barks at everyone and everything. Dogs that are kept outside for long periods often bark more.

    Do not leave your dog alone for long periods, dogs are pack animals and need companionship. Remember - you have a duty to care under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

    Keep your dog healthy, with regular feeding, worming, exercise, groomimg and vaccinations.Make sure your dog's living accommodation is clean, warm and dry and that fresh drinking water is always available.

    The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 requires all dogs of the breed or type of Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino or Filo Braziliero to be registered, neutered, microchipped, tattooed and insured. It is an offence to breed, sell, exchange or give away a dog of these breeds and they must have been registered by the end of November 1991. It is not possible to register them now other than by the direction of a Magistrates Court.

    Remember dogs live for about 14 years, think hard before you take on the responsibility which comes with dog ownership. If you can no longer keep your dog, contact RSPCA who will be able to give you advice. Do not put your dog out onto the street where it could be injured or even killed.

  • REMEMBER MICROCHIPPING DOGS WILL BECOME COMPULSORY FOR ALL DOGS FROM APRIL 2016.

    Birmingham City Council is supporting a number of FREE micro chipping events across the city and details of those events will appear here. Events are currently being held at the following location(s):


    Kings Heath Park, Vicarage Road, Birmingham B14 7TQ – 10am to 3pm Thursday 27 March 2014.


  • Birmingham City Council supports the Yellow Dog Project which is a scheme which encourages owners to identify those dogs that require more space. There are a range of reasons why a dog may need more space than others for example being in season, being unwell, post-operative, nervous, in training or just plain old and grumpy.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Barking comes naturally to dogs but constant barking can cause a noise nuisance to neighbours. If the nuisance continues you can be taken to court. Dogs are pack animals and need companionship. They regard their owners as a substitute family and can become distressed when left alone, especially for long periods. There are many reasons why your dog may bark:

      • loneliness
      • boredom
      • attention seeking
      • guarding
      • medical problems

      Right from the start, training is extremely important. A well-trained dog should not bark at anything and everything. Good training with affection and companionship should mean that your dog will not develop bad habits.

      Tips to try:

      Get your dog used to the idea that you are away for different periods of time, at different times of the day. You can start by putting your dog in another room – at first for only a few minutes, then gradually build up the time. Do not return to your dog until he is quiet for a period. Also it is a good idea not to make too much of a fuss of your dog when you leave him as this only highlights the sense of loss when you are gone.

      Some dogs bark because they can see things going on outside. If this is the problem try leaving your dog in a part of the house where he cannot see outside.

      Some dogs will settle if they can hear a human voice. Leaving a radio switched on at a low volume may help.

      If you are not coming back until after dark, leave a light on or set a timer light switch.

      Try not to leave your dog for long periods but if you do have to:

      • See if someone can call in and let your dog into the garden for a moment.
      • Feed and exercise your dog before you leave.
      • Make sure his bed is comfortable and leave him his favourite toys.
      • Leave fresh water and chews or biscuits.

      Dogs that are kept outside do generally bark more. This is probably because they can see and hear all sorts of things (for instance: cats or squirrels) that will make them bark. These dogs may feel more isolated from the family group (their owners). This problem is made worse for the neighbours because the dogs are not inside and, therefore, sound louder.

      Make sure your dog has a suitable kennel and try not to place it too near your neighbours’ fence.

      Try and avoid your dog being able to see to the front of the house as members of the public walking by, especially with dogs, may cause your dog to bark. Whilst many dogs are used to deter intruders a continually barking dog is ineffective.

    • Boarding establishments for cats and/or dogs must be licensed. We cannot recommend specific premises but would urge anyone thinking of boarding their animals to go and visit the kennels or cattery first. It may be worth visiting two or three before making a choice as some may suit the particular needs and temperament of your cat/dog more so than others. You should ensure that your pet is up to date with vaccinations as you will need to show the vaccination certificate to the kennels or cattery upon admission.


    • Our dog wardens operate Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm.

      Please press the 'report a lost, stray, missing and dangerous dog' button above.We will contact you the next working day, to arrange a time for one of our dog wardens to collect the dog.

      If you find a dog after 4pm or on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, and if it safe to do so, please secure the dog until the Dog Warden can arrange collection. However if you find a dog on a Saturday then please contact the out of hours Dog Warden number on 07500 553000. This will provide details of kennels, where a stray dog may be taken. You may also wish to contact K9 Search UK, a private animal charity dedicated to reuniting stray dogs with their owners. The organisation keeps details of lost dogs and can be contacted on 07988 433187 or you can visit their website at http://www.k9searchuk.com/

    • If you do not own your property, you will need to seek approval from your landlord. Other than that there are no specific restrictions, however all animals must be provided with a suitable environment. Also no animal should be kept in such a way as it causes a nuisance to neighbours because of noise or smell.

      For more information please see attachment 'guidelines for keeping poultry on domestic premises' below.


    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.


      Service Specific Enquiry