Dog owners can get help and advice at parks police roadshow

Published: Friday 23rd October 15

People who have queries or concerns about dog ownership can speak to officers from the council’s parks police service at a series of local roadshows next week.

The responsible dog ownership roadshow will be visiting Battersea Park, Wandsworth Common and Tooting Common for three mornings next week.

The aim is to promote responsible dog ownership in the borough and allows owners with problems and queries about their pets to speak to the parks police and receive practical advice, support and training on how to tackle the problem.

The roadshows also give other members of the public the opportunity to raise any dog related issues that affect the borough’s parks and commons.

Visitors can also take the opportunity to report any incidents such as graffiti and other forms of anti-social behaviour in open spaces so these problems can be identified and tackled.

The roadshows will be at the following locations between 8.30am and 12noon next week:

  • Battersea Park (by the bandstand) – Monday, October 26.
  • Wandsworth Common (by the cafeteria) – Tuesday, October 27.
  • Tooting Common (by the cafeteria) – Wednesday, October 28.

Wandsworth has a long and successful track record of promoting responsible dog ownership. It was the first local authority in the country to bring in compulsory micro-chipping for dogs belongiing to tenants in council owned properties.

Since this measure was adopted in 2009, many thousands of dogs in the borough have been successfully microchipped, meaning that lost dogs and strays can be quickly returned to their owners and also that dogs whose owners allow them to misbehave can be traced and appropriate action taken against them.

The council has also worked closely with animal welfare charity The RSPCA in piloting a free dog neutering scheme which aims to prevent unwanted litters of puppies from certain dog breeds.

As well as the RSPCA, the council’s dog control officers also work closely alongside organisations like Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, The Dogs Trust and The Kennel Club as part of its efforts to encourage responsible ownership.

The council’s website has more information on the work of the dog control team, including how to get your dog microchipped. Anyone with concerns about how a dog is being treated or wishes to report a dog related problem can email dogcontrol@wandsworth.gov.uk

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