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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 using the details at the top-right corner of this page.

If your pet is microchipped, it enables 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.

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 Battersea Dogs Home
  • We license and inspect animal related establishments
  • We promote responsible pet ownership and offer behavioural advice
  • We work in conjunction with the local vet practises, the police, the RSPCA, Status Dog Unit, Dog Trusts and other animal rescue organisations.

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Page updated: 5 Oct 2012 


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Contact details

Animal Welfare Services
(Next Door To Millfields Road Depot)
Millfields Road
E5 0SA
Opening Times
Office Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm. (020 8356 2500 - out of hours contact number)
Email: info@hackney.gov.uk
Tel:020 8356 6688 (9am - 5pm)
020 8356 2500 (5pm-9am)