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Mendip District Council encourages responsible dog ownership.

Stray dogs

The law requires dogs to wear a collar and an identification tag with the owner's details when out in public. The council do not have a Dog Warden patrolling the district, however, we do use a contractor to collect strays captured and confined by a member of the 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 will cost an owner over £60.00 to retrieve it on the first day and then an extra £13.00 for each day thereafter. 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 303 8588 or check this link which is regularly updated:- Found dogs in Mendip

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 are unable to 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.  Responsible dog ownership is about keeping a dog under adequate control.

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.  if we receive a complaint and are provided with the name and address of the person responsible for a dog who has fouled, we will write to the person reminding them of their responsibilities as a dog owner. Anyone with such a grievance and relevant information should contact the Council on 0300 303 8588 or by emailing

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 303 8588 or by e-mailing

Dog on dog, or other animal attack and dangerous dogs

The Council will not investigate these problems as they are civil matters. However if we receive a complaint and are provided with the name and address of the person responsible for dog we can write to that person to remind them of their responsibilities. Anyone with such a grievance and knows the name and address of the dog owner should contact the council  on 0300 303 8588 or by e-mailing

Any dog that bites or attacks a person, injures another animal  or gives someone significant grounds for fear in a public place should report the matter to the Police (ring 101). This may include where the owner of the attacked animal has reasonable apprehension that they could be injured if they try to stop the dog attacking their animal.  If the dog is deemed to be 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: 27 July 2017