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Dealing with various dog-related issues.

There are 6.9 million dogs in the UK, one to every 8 people, and we estimate that there are more than 8,000 dogs in Mid Devon. Since 1990 when the Environmental Protection Act came onto the statute book, local authorities have had a responsibility, shared with the police, for dealing with some dog related problems.

The overwhelming majority of dogs are found in households that adopt a responsible approach to their dogs and which are cared for as part of a family unit. Mid Devon District Council recognises this and wishes to promote a greater sense of responsibility where it does not apply, by education, and where this does not work by enforcement.

Dog Wardens respond to complaints about dog fouling, collect stray dogs and try to match them with dogs reported lost to the council, investigate reports of dangerous dogs which includes dog on person attack (should be reported to the Police as well), dog on dog attacks, aggressive behaviour and nuisance dogs. Dog wardens will also give training and general advice.

Dog Control Orders

With effect from 1st December 2012 Mid Devon District Council has introduced two new Dog Control Orders:

1. Fouling of Land by Dogs (Mid Devon) Order 2012

2. Dogs on Lead by Direction (Mid Devon) Order 2012

The two orders can be viewed by clicking on the downloads to the right of this page or in person at Legal Services Department, Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6PP.