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Mendip District Council has a number of powers to deal with dogs:

Stray dogs

The law requires dogs to wear a collar and an identification tag with the owner's details when out in public. All dogs collected by our contractor are scanned for microchips to try and identify owners. Although micro chipping is not a legal requirement it is strongly recommended. If a stray dog is picked up by our contractor and the owner is not found straight away it is taken to kennels. It costs over £60 to retrieve it on the first day and then an extra £9.00 for each day. If the dog is not retrieved within 7 days the dog will pass into the ownership of the Council and may be re-homed. If your dog is lost, you can contact customer services on 0300 3038588 or check this link which is regularly updated:-

Unfortunately there is no out-of-hours service for owners to collect their dogs from the kennels.

Should you find a stray dog try and contact the owner. If you can't then please ring 0300 303 8588 and our contractor will collect it between 9AM and 5PM any day of the week.

Dogs on leads and dog bans

There are no bylaws requiring dogs to be on leads nor any dog bans anywhere in the Mendip area.

Dog fouling

A person in charge of a dog who does not clear up after it fouls in a public place could face a fine of up to £1000.

Nuisances caused by barking or fouling on private land

The Environmental Protection Team can provide advice or may investigate nuisances caused by dogs. They can be contacted at on 0300 3038588 or by e-mailing

Dog on dog, or other animal, attack or threats

The Council will not investigate such problems as these are civil matters. We will however log the complaint and offer advice.

Dangerous dogs

Any dog that bites or attacks a person or gives them grounds for fear in a public place should be reported to the Police. If the dog is dangerously out of control in a public place, the owner, or person in charge could be liable to a fine of up to £20,000, imprisonment for up to two years, or both.


Last modified: 29 January 2015