Information about the health and welfare of animals, including how to report a stray dog online or a pest problem.
Animal health and welfare
We help promote and maintain standards of animal health and welfare. We are responsible for enforcing over 150 acts, orders and regulations.
Dog warden service
The majority of animal welfare issues handled by Dorset councils relate to dogs, including dog fouling, stray and dangerous dogs. You can report animal fouling and stray dogs in Dorset online.
Some councils operate a pest control service to treat for infestation of rats and mice and a number of insect pests including wasps, ants, fleas, bed bugs and cockroaches.
Licences - animals
How to apply for a licence for boarding animals, dangerous animals, dog breeding, a pet shop, a zoo and a riding establishment.