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Dog Wardens Concern Over Untrained Staff

By NDWA Reporter
Twenty eight years after councils were required to deal with stray dogs in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990, it seems that a number of councils continue to use staff with little or no knowledge of dogs.
Every Borough, City and District council in the United Kingdom has a statutory duty to have a designated person who deals with stray dogs. The actual person at a particular council may be the Chief Environmental Health Officer, a Director or even the Chief Executive.
The high ranking officer will possibly never see a dog and will most certainly not be patrolling the streets of their council area promoting responsible dog ownership. That work falls on the actual Dog Warden, Dog Control Officer or Animal Welfare Officer, the job title is irrelevant but it is assumed and hoped that the officer is competently trained to handle dogs and is knowledgeable of [...]

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