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Dogs and problem dogs

Report a dog issue

Report dog fouling, request patrols, enquire about dog bins and dog micro-chipping.

Complete this online form or call 0345 2000 103.

Dog fouling

All public and private land to which the public has free access has been designated as areas where dog owners must clean up after their pet,

‘Land’ includes all public footpath, carriageways and land running alongside except where a speed limit of more than 40mph operates.

Fines of up to £1000 can be imposed.

The council campaign 'NO MESSING!', aims to tackle dog fouling and irresponsible dog owners using engagement, enforcement and education.

During the campaign, a strict approach will be taken to issuing £50 fines to anyone seen failing to pick up after their pets.

Environmental wardens will be on hand at different locations to offer advice on responsible dog ownership, as well as giving out free dog mess bags.

Stray dogs

If your dog strays the Dog Control Officer will (on the first occasion) try to return the dog directly to you.

If the dog has no identification or the owner is not at home, the dog is taken to:

Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter
Benton North Farm
Benton Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE12 8EH

Telephone: 0191 215 0435

An initial fee is charged on the first day plus a daily boarding charge is added per day after that.

Payment will be required from you when reclaiming your dog. Dogs must be reclaimed within 7 days.

Exercising your dog in public areas

Dog owners must exercise their pets in a responsible manner.

You must:

  • clean up after your pet
  • keep your pet under control close to roads and in parks, cemeteries and on promenades
  • make sure your pet is wearing a name tag that identifies you as its owner

Keep Dogs on Leads signs are displayed in all areas that these rules apply.

Dog beach bans

We ask that you follow the annual summer beach restrictions which run from May 1 to September 30 at the following locations:

  • Whitley Bay (south)
  • Cullercoats Bay 
  • King Edwards 
  • Tynemouth Longsands (south)

Dog ban signs are displayed at every location and breaking the law could lead to prosecution.

Our Environmental Protection Officers go out and advise dog walkers of an upcoming, seasonal ban. Dogs can be walked on the section of Whitley Bay beach north of Panama Gardens and at the northern end of Tynemouth Longsands, towards Cullercoats.

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Dog identification

Under the Animal Health Act a dog must wear the correct identity when in a public place.

The correct identity must show the owner's name and address. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to £5000.

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