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Two fined for collar and tag offences

photo: Dog

Two people have been fined by Leicester Magistrates’ Court for failing to ensure their dogs were identifiable by a collar or tag after being picked up as strays in the district.

Maxine Chapman of Hand Avenue, Leicester, was ordered to pay £1,004 after her two terrier cross dogs were collected in Leicester Forest East on 31 May 2018.

After failing to enter a plea she was fined £440 for each dog and was ordered to pay costs of £80 and a £44 victim surcharge.

Daniel Jones of Chestnut Road, Glenfield, was ordered to pay £322 after his Patterdale Terrier was picked up on 21 May 2018 in Glenfield.

Mr Jones pleaded guilty and was fined £152, with costs of £140 and a £30 victim surcharge.

The Control of Dogs Order (1992) says that a dog in a public place must wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Under the law Blaby District Council has no option to offer a fixed penalty notice, with all cases being prosecuted at a Magistrates’ Court.

Tags can be bought and engraved from as little as £2.50 online, or from pet shops across the local area.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We’re disappointed to see that some owners are failing to ensure their dogs wear a collar and tag.

“We hope these fines encourage both owners to take action and ensure their dogs comply with the law.

“This year we have held our free family dog day, offering collars and tag engraving for a charitable donation, and we regularly give out advice to those who call our Animal Services team. We’re committed to ensuring people comply with the law but will prosecute when necessary.”

For advice on the law, residents can email environmental.health@blaby.gov.uk

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Blaby District Council urges ‘collar and tag’ awareness

Graphic: BDC

Blaby District Council is urging residents to ensure they do not fall foul of a law fining dog owners failing to have appropriate identification on their dog.

The Control of Dogs Order (1992) says that a dog in a public place must wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag.

As part of the Council’s efforts to make dog owners aware of the law, the Animal Services will be visiting parks and open spaces across the district throughout March, before enforcement of the law begins on Thursday 05 April.

Michelle Ikin, Senior Animal Services Officer at Blaby District Council, said:

“A collar and tag are absolutely vital in ensuring a lost dog can be returned to its owner quickly.

“Too many times we keep stray dogs for several days, which we wouldn’t have to do if dog owners complied with the law by having a collar and tag on their pet.

“We appreciate there has been a lot of focus on the microchipping law that came into force in 2016, but it’s important now that we look towards making every dog out in public within the district easily identifiable if it ever does get lost.”

Last year saw a total of 58 stray dogs collected by the Council, with 38 of those not having a collar on.

Each stray can cost a minimum of £67 to collect.

Any stray dogs from Thursday 05 April without a collar and tag will be prosecuted.
 Tags can be bought and engraved from as little as £2.50 online, or from pet shops across the local area.


To find out more about the new law visit www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs.


[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Illuminate your dog to win a Christmas hamper!

dogsofblaby-competitionBlaby District Council is giving residents the chance to win a fantastic Christmas hamper for their pooch this festive season!

Between now and Thursday 15 December, anyone living in Blaby District or using a park within the area can take a picture of their illuminated dog out and about on their daily walk.

There are two easy ways to enter:

  1. Post the photo on the “Blaby District” Facebook page
  2. Tweet @BlabyDC with the photo or use the hashtag #DogsOfBlaby

The competition is part of an initiative to promote visible pets during the winter, including the prevention of dogs fouling out of sight of their owners and reduce the number of incidents of dogs with vehicles or other residents.

The hamper, worth £50, was donated by the local Pets at Home store on Grove Farm Triangle and includes dog toys, treats and a comfy wicker basket.

The lucky dog and winning owner will be drawn at random.

As part of the campaign the Council has given out 200 free light-up collars to dog owners, making it easier for them to spot their dog in the dark.

Michelle Ikin, Senior Animal Services Officer for Blaby District Council, said:

“There is a noticeable increase in dog fouling on our streets and parks during the winter.

This can be because owners can’t see their dog when it’s dark. But we also want to make sure our residents’ dogs are as safe as possible during the winter season.
“It’s important to remember that ‘if your dog stops prowling, it might be fouling!’”

Light-up collars are available online from as little as £2.

Win a fantastic Christmas hamper for your pooch this festive season!

To enter the competition visit www.facebook.com/blabydc or www.twitter.com/blabydc. Full terms and conditions are available via www.blaby.gov.uk.

Visit: Leicester Pets at Home Grove Park, Enderby

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Free Microchipping event as new laws come into force


New laws on dog microchipping are set to come into force on 6 April 2016, and Blaby District Council is offering the chance to get residents’ dogs microchipped for free before the deadline.

On Tuesday 5th April owners can take the opportunity to turn up between 10am-2pm with their dogs at the council’s offices on Desford Road, Narborough between 10am-2pm and have their dog chipped for free by a trained microchip implanter.

Michelle Ikin, Senior Animal Services Officer at the council will be on hand to offer any advice owners may want about their dog.

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Michelle Ikin:
Check details are up to date

Michelle said:

“Even if your dog is already microchipped it is very important to check that the keeper details are up to date, especially dogs who have been re-homed from rescue centres.

The new law states that the dog must be registered to the keeper of the dog.”

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services, said:

“We want to make sure that dog owners in Blaby District are abiding by the new law, and in turn try and reduce the number of lost or stray dogs that do not have a microchip when we collect them.”

Criminal offence

Owners who have do not microchip their dogs after 6 April will be guilty of a criminal offence and could face a fine of £500.

For more information on the event call 0116 272 7555.


Dog wardens alarmed at rise in “owned” dogs handed in

Photo: Mamma Tubbs
Mamma Tubbs

Dog wardens at Blaby District Council have been shocked by a recent surge in owners handing in their own pets as strays.

Local authorities have a duty to deal with stray dogs within their districts however this service appears to be becoming abused by irresponsible owners who want to get rid of their dogs.

Michelle Ikin, senior dog warden at Blaby District Council, said:

“We have been inundated recently with owners lying about “finding” the dog within our district to get it collected by us. As a result the Council now has a policy where all stray dogs are investigated and where a “finder” is found to have handed in their own pet we will take action against them.

Ms. Ikin went on to say:

“Within the last two weeks we have been handed a 13 year old dog with cancer that the owner didn’t want anymore and a heavily pregnant bitch that has subsequently given birth to four puppies within 48 hours of being handed over. These dogs are placed under huge amounts of stress when they come into kennels and the owners are clearly heartless to put their pet through that kind of situation when they are ill or pregnant. It is completely irresponsible and barbaric.”

Photo: Missy

Blaby District Council is appealing for anyone that may recognise little “Mamma Tubbs” as she has been nicknamed, so that the dog wardens can speak to the owner who abandoned her.

And don’t forget ‘Missy’…

Missy, (photo: right) the 13 year old dog, is currently in a foster home but the dog wardens are hoping that someone will be kind enough to offer her a peaceful retirement home for the last few months of her life.

Anyone who could offer a home to Missy or provide any information in confidence relating to the pregnant terrier, please contact Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7555 or email env.health@blaby.gov.uk

Around 160 strays are picked up each year by the local authority’s dog wardens and about half of these are left homeless.

Photos and descriptions of all available dogs are available at www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs