News from the Police :
Police in Gamesley are reminding dog owners to make sure they are responsible following residents concerns about strays.
The issue was raised at the quarterly panel meeting with the Gamesley and Charlesworth Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.
PC Dave Collier of the Gamesley and Charlesworth Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Some of our local residents have said they are worried about the number of stray dogs and potential related issues of dog fouling and dogs fighting.
“Dog fouling is unhygienic and unpleasant and it can pose a health threat, especially to young children. Potentially, there is also a safety risk to other people and animals if a dog behaves aggressively and often what you might think is playful behaviour could be quite frightening to youngsters or people who don’t own a dog.”
PC Coller added: “We would like to remind dog owners about their responsibility to make sure they don’t stray, that they clean up after their pet and keep it under control in public places.
“It is also important to make sure your animal has a collar and ID tag and ideally has been micro chipped so that they can be traced back to you 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.
For more details on the service High Peak Borough Council provide visit www.highpeak.gov.uk or call 0845 129 77 77.
To contact the Gamesley and Charlesworth Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police, or email email@example.com.