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Report a lost, stray or stolen dog

Coronavirus update

Our offices are closed and the Dog Warden Service is currently working within a limited capacity to provide some services.

Although we cannot provide our normal Dog Warden Services, we will respond to:

  • urgent requests for assistance in relation to dog attacks or dangerous dogs,
  • requests regarding prohibited dog breeds and,
  • collecting stray dogs, where possible.

Reporting a dog or animal welfare issue

You can report:

Report a stray dog

If you find a stray dog, call our dog wardens on 028 9027 0431.

They'll arrange to collect it. You may also be asked for:

  • your name, address and telephone number,
  • a description of the dog including its type, colour, size and approximate age,
  • the time, date and location where you found the dog.

Report a lost or stolen dog

To report a lost or stolen dog, call us on 028 9027 0431.

We can then check to see if it has been picked up by our wardens or taken to our dog pound at:

Nutts Corner Boarding Kennels
18 Dundrod Road
Nutts Corner
Crumlin
Co. Antrim

Telephone:028 9082 5317

Facebook: Nutts Corner Boarding Kennels

If you're collecting a lost or stolen dog please call in advance and bring photographic ID, your dog's licence number and the release fee.

Report dog fouling

Help us clamp down on dog fouling by reporting it, you can:

We want to know:

  • Where the dog fouling is – the exact location will really help, include street names, areas, or landmarks.
  • The time you think the dog fouling happens – do you know what time the offending dog is usually walked?
  • What the dog looks like – if you know the colour, breed or size this will help us identify the offender.

Report an animal welfare issue

We are responsible for enforcing the Welfare of Animals (NI) Act 2011. This applies to non-farmed animals only - these are domestic pets of any vertebrate species and equines such as horses and donkeys.

If you have any concerns about a domestic animal, horse or donkey or think an animal is suffering from neglect, you should report an animal welfare issue.

We can take action to improve the welfare of non-farmed animals including:

  • providing advice
  • issuing an improvement notice
  • taking animals into their possession and
  • taking prosecution action

You can also report an issue by email or phone.

Time  Contact details 
During normal office hours:
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm 
Email animalwelfare@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0431
Outside office hours:
5pm - 8am any day 
If an animal is in need of urgent attention, contact your veterinary practice.
During weekends and Bank Holidays:
Between 9am - 5pm
Call 07824 994490 

 
If your call is not urgent please contact us during normal office hours.

We will investigate complaints and enforce the legislation, but an animal's welfare is always the responsibility of the owner or keeper. All reports are confidential and you can report concerns anonymously. 

Welfare of farm animals

Welfare complaints about farmed animals (animals bred or kept for the production of food, wool or skin or other farming purposes) should be referred to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). 

Welfare of wild animals

Welfare complaints about wildlife crime such as badger baiting, bird poisoning, deer poaching, or animal fighting should be referred to the PSNI on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

You should also contact the PSNI about wild animals or animals on the road.

Report a barking dog

If you're having problems with a barking dog, please visit noise control.

If you believe a dog is barking because it has been abandoned, is sick or has been mistreated report the issue.

Report an overheating dog

If you see a dog overheating in a car, call:

Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5pm
028 9027 0431 
Outside of these hours PSNI on 999 
 

If a dog suffers or dies because they were left in a hot car, their owner can face prosecution for neglect and cruelty.

Reporting feral (wild) cats

The Cats Protection organisation is experienced in these matters and will provide advice. Call 028 9048 0202 or email belfast@cats.org.uk.

Cats are free to roam and will often spend long periods away from their home. They are more likely to do so if they are being fed by different people. Our advice is not to feed cats you don't own.

If you have any welfare concerns for a cat and know the owners address, report the issue to animal welfare.

Report dead animals

You can report a dead animal on the road to our Street Cleansing team.

You can also email streetcleansing@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9027 0230 to make a report.

If an animal dies in your house, you must make your own arrangements to dispose of your animal.

Dog control fines issued in the last twelve months

Dog control fines are issued in accordance with The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Belfast City Council) Act 2012.

Month Fouling
No licence
Straying
July 2019  21  24 
August 2019  12  28  31 
September 2019  14 21  21 
October 2019  5 14  30 
November 2019  17  26 
December 2019  14  30 
January 2020  15  24 30 
February 2020 18 30 21
March 2020 
April 2020 0 0 0
May 2020 
June 2020 
Total 91 176 228

Contact us
Dog control
028 9027 0230
Dog Wardens
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP