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Responsible dog ownership


All dogs are required by law to wear a collar and identity tag when in a public place. It is also a legal requirement that dogs should be microchipped.

Make sure that your dog's identification is up to date. That way, in the event of it getting lost, a finder should be able to contact you directly, preventing the dog from having to be seized by the Council and you incurring any charges. Dogs must also be kept under proper control at all times and should be kept on a lead when near livestock.

Paws on Patrol: responsible dog ownership scheme

'Paws on Patrol' is a joint initiative between Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and Suffolk Police, which aims to promote responsible dog ownership.

The scheme is currently being revised and more details will appear here shortly.

Rehoming a dog

For details of unclaimed stray dogs that are looking for a new home, please visit West End Farm Kennels website, or telephone 01449 737641.

I need to rehome my dog

If you are no longer able to look after your dog and need to rehome it, then we would strongly suggest that you do not do this via social media. Unfortunately, every year a number of dogs pass into our care, having been abandoned by people who had rehomed them through social media and then found they were unable to look after them. This can be traumatic for the animal, and, as we don't have their history, it can sometimes be difficult to rehome them.

By using a legitimate rehoming organisation such as the Blue Cross in Wherstead, who will match your pet with a suitable owner, you can make sure your pet will go to a good home.