Animal welfare and their control is a top priority for us. Our services help provide educational support to encourage responsible animal ownership. Advice can be offered on stray dogs, dog fouling, noisy animals, animal licensing and microchipping.
If you suspect that an animal of any kind is being subjected to any form of cruelty, this needs to be reported to the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
The Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) enforces national legislation governing the health and welfare of farm animals. This includes complaints of neglect or ill treatment of livestock on farms, during transport, at market etc. We also provide advice and guidance on:
Our Streetscene team will collect dead animals (cats, hedgehogs, mice, etc) from the roads and footpaths throughout the District.
All livestock carcases must be disposed of at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) approved premises.
Dog mess is an unpleasant aspect of dog ownership. But it is every owner's duty to clean up after their dog and there is no excuse for leaving it behind!
Dog mess is unsightly, unpleasant and smelly! It is even more unpleasant if troden in and walked in to your home. It is unhygienic and may cause severe health problems, especially in children.
Please report any dog fouling issues using our new On-line services website.
Below are just some points on being a responsible dog owner:
Some people continue to be irresponsible and there are an increasing amount of dog owners who clear up after their dog and then leave the bag on a tree or a bush or even throw it on the ground. This is littering and we can issue a fixed penalty notice of £50.00 for this behaviour.
If you witness dog owners not picking up after their dog or disposing of their poop bags as described above, report them to us. You call will be treated in confidence. If you decide to make a complaint about dog fouling, please ensure you supply as many details as possible in order for us to take the appropriate action:
Our enforcement staff carry out dog fouling patrols every day throughout the District based on complaints and the information you provide, but we need your help to make the District a safer, cleaner and healthier place to live.
We provide advice and treatment services covering a range of domestic pests such as rats, mice, fleas and wasps. This service is for domestic premises only and adheres to our Pest Control Policy (194kb). No treatment in commercial premises will be undertaken.
The pest control service will be provided within the boundary of domestic premises only for the eradication of:
If you need to pay for a treatment you can do so by debit card over the phone whilst you make an appointment for your treatment. Out of hours service is only available in emergency circumstances and is at the discretion of the Joint Assistant Director of Environmental Health. Every person requesting the service will be charged including Council tenants, private tenants, owner occupiers and landlords.
Advice and Guidance
During a recent survey investigating the reasons why rats were found on residential gardens, the pest control team found that during the three months (November 2008 – January 2009), 27% of the rat infestations that were dealt with in gardens in Bolsover District were due to bird feeding. Whilst we appreciate the joy of feeding birds and encouraging them into your garden, sensible feeding is important, so as not to encourage unwelcome visitors. Advice on feeding birds responsibly is available from the RSPB.
Using the wrong sort of waste in a compost bin can also attract rats. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has guidance on Good Composting Practice.
Since 1st October 2006, all local authorities have a legal duty to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity in exercising their functions. As a consequence, the authority does not provide a service for the destruction of any species of Bees, except in exceptional circumstances and you can download information about bees below:
A stray dog is any dog, tagged or not, that wanders outside its owner's property boundary, whether by accident or design. You must not allow your dog to exercise unattended in public places, this can lead to indiscriminate fouling in public places, attacks on people or other dogs and road traffic accidents.
If you live near to the border with a neighbouring Local Authority, your dog may have strayed over the border. You should also contact one of the following council's to find out if their Dog Warden has found your dog:
What happens if the Dog Warden finds your dog straying in Bolsover District?
If your dog strays on a highway or public place it maybe seized by our Dog Warden. It will be taken to one of our boarding kennels and only released to the owner after the fees have been paid. The payable fees are:
To arrange payment and collection of a dog, owners should contact us immediately.
The Control of Dogs order 1992 requires that all dogs must be able to be identified by a collar and a tag when in a public place; contravention could result in a fine of up to £5,000. In addition to this, new legislation comes into force on 6 April 2016, where all dogs must be microchipped. We run a microchipping service available to all residents of the District. Even if your dog is micro-chipped, it still needs to have a collar and tag by law. Having your dog micro-chipped is a good permanent form of identification, but it is very important that the details on the microchip database are kept up to date, such as new addresses and contact numbers. Your dog can be microchipped by our Dog Warden for a small fee.
Your dog must not be abandoned either temporarily or permanently. Leaving a dog to roam freely may constitute temporary abandonment and a charge of cruelty may be brought against you.
Stray dogs can also worry livestock which not only puts farm animals at risk, but dogs too. A farmer can legally shoot a dog if it is caught straying on farm land. Many people find it hard to believe that their pet could be capable of chasing and harming livestock, but any dog can have its chase instinct triggered by the sight or movement of farm animals. The dog is also in danger of being trampled by cattle and horses. If your dog causes an accident, worries livestock, damages people or property, or is handed to the Police as a stray, you are liable for any costs incurred.