Animal welfare

Barking dogs

In law, a barking dog can be considered a noise nuisance and its owner can be taken to court and fined if they do nothing to stop it.

Dog and animal fouling

It is an offence not to clean up after your dog has fouled, and you could be fined £75 if you don't.

Pet tagging and microchipping

We provide a free microchipping service to Hackney residents. For more information about the service and an appointment please contact us.

If your pet is microchipped, it helps someone finding it to return it to you as soon as possible. It also prevents unnecessary stays overnight in kennels, which can be traumatic for many pets and costly to owners.

Low cost neutering scheme

Low cost neutering is available with the Dogs Trust to those in receipt of means-tested benefit, if your dog is one of the following listed breeds:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Rottweiler, American Bull Dog, Greyhound, Lurcher, Akita, Husky, Malamute, German Shepherd, Samoyed, Jack Russell Terrier, Border Collie

Crossbreeds where the primary breed is identifiable as one of those listed will also be eligible.

To be issued a voucher you and your dog will need to attend a responsible dog ownership event and bring proof of benefit along with you. Once you have collected the voucher simply make an appointment with a participating vet and take the voucher and photo ID (or 2 other forms of ID) along with you when you attend your veterinary appointment.

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Reporting cruelty to animals

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 RSPCA. Contact the them on 0300 1234 999.

More information

We offer a range of services to cover animal welfare under various legislation:

  • We collect stray dogs within the borough, and keep them in our kennel for seven days if unidentified before sending to an approved re-homing centre
  • We license and inspect animal related establishments
  • We promote responsible pet ownership and offer behavioural advice
  • We work in conjunction with the local vet practices, the police, the RSPCA, Status Dog Unit, Dog Trusts and other animal rescue organisations

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