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The council enforces dog fouling and dog nuisance legislation and deals with stray dogs.

Animal Cruelty

If you suspect that an animal of any kind is being subjected to any form of cruelty then the only organisation that can legally deal with this is the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). You can contact the National Cruelty Helpline on 0300 1234 999.

Our responsibilities

We investigate complaints about dog nuisance including dog fouling and excessive barking.

Dangerous dogs are a police matter.

After your enquiry

Your enquiry will be treated in confidence. You will be contacted within four working days of us receiving your enquiry to discuss the problem and you will be advised of what action can be taken. The problem will be investigated and any appropriate action will be taken.

Fees & charges

Please refer to our Environmental Health Fees & Charges as a charge will be made before returning a stray dog.


Local authorities, the RSPCA and animal rescue centres rehome thousands of unwanted dogs and puppies every year. Neutering is a good way to help solve this problem. The RSPCA strongly recommend that neutering be carried out at an early age. This is a straightforward operation, carried out under general anaesthetic by a vet. Another benefit is that a neutered male is likely to be less aggressive and a neutered female won’t attract unwanted dogs. For an indication of cost, please contact your local vet.

For further advice and information on vets’ bills, neutering and microchipping, call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 555.

Environmental Health

Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242908 / 242916