Animal warden team

Animal Welfare

The Animal Wardens do not deal with issues relating to Animal Welfare.

If you have any concerns relating to pets or animals that are being neglected, mistreated or abused, then you should contact the RSPCA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) on 0300 1234 999 or use the RSPCA cruelty report form.

Dog fouling

Any issues relating to dog fouling should be referred to Cityclean, who can arrange for one of their street-cleaning team to visit the affected areas and remove any dog-waste.

They can be contacted on 01273 292929 or or use the street cleaning form.

Cityclean also have Enforcement Officers who can fine people who do not pick up after their dog.


You can print the following posters and attach them to lamposts in your area

Poster with a photo of a dog on it and the words 'I'm sorry ... my owner is too lazy to clear up after me'

Download the dog poster (PDF 1MB)

Poster with a photo of children playing football and the words 'It was a great game apart from all the fouling!'

Download the children playing football poster (PDF 2MB)

Poster with a silhouette of a child and the words 'It's extraordinary what young children will play with'

Download the baby playing in the grass poster (PDF 40KB)

Report a lost dog

If you have lost your dog, please use our lost dog report form to report this to our Animal Wardens.

One of the team will contact you if the dog has been found.

Alternatively, you can report this by phone on 01273 294266. The following information will be required: colour, breed, name, where it was lost, whether it was collared, tagged or micro-chipped.

  • If your dog goes missing after 4pm, then please contact our out-of-hours company, K9, on 07827 967 088.

Report a found dog

To report a dog that you have found, please use our found dog report form. An officer will contact you to arrange collection.

Alternatively, you can report this by phone on 01273 294266. As much information about the dog as possible will be required.

  • If you find a dog after 4pm, then please contact our out-of-hours company, K9, on 07827 967 088.

An Animal Warden or K9 officer will then contact and arrange collection of the dog.

Microchipping dogs

It is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be fitted with a microchip by the time they are eight weeks old.

Dog owners must also have registered their pet’s microchip details on one of the authorised databases and are required to keep their pet’s details up to date with the database.

Your dog’s microchip must be fitted by a trained professional, such as your vet. The Dogs Trust and RSPCA can also microchip dogs.

Microchipping your dog gives you the best chance of being reunited with your pet if they go missing. Every year, rescue centres take in thousands of stray dogs and many are not reunited with their owners as there is no way of tracing them.

As well as being microchipped, it is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on it when in a public place.

For more information, go to

Dog attacks

We investigate:

  • Dogs causing fear or minor injury to people
  • Injury caused to dogs by other dogs in public places
  • Attacks on assistance dogs

You can report any of the issues to us by emailing or calling us on 01273 294266.

Contact the police about:

  • Dogs used as weapons
  • Incidents involving guard dogs
  • Incidents involving banned breeds as listed in section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (amended)
  • Dog attacks of a serious nature on humans.

Incidents of this nature should be reported to Sussex Police on 101.

Dog Control Orders

These Dog Control Orders must be followed by all dog owners in the city:

The following leaflets give advice on how to comply with your legal obligations

Professional Dog Walkers Scheme

Sign up to this free scheme and get a list of registered dog walkers


Animal licences

You can find application forms for animal boarding licences, pet shop licences and licences to breed dogs, in the licensing section of our website.

Animal rescue centres

If you’re thinking of getting a pet, please consider getting one form a rescue centre. There are many rescue societies across the UK who take in, assess and try to rehome unwanted animals. Local animal rescue centres include:

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