Animal welfare

Barking dogs

In law, a barking dog can be considered a noise nuisance and its owner can be taken to court and fined if they do nothing to stop it.

Dangerous dogs

We promote responsible dog ownership, alongside the police, the RSPCA, the Dogs Trust, Hackney Homes and others. Dangerous dogs.

Lost and stray dogs and cats

We can help you retrieve a lost dog / cat or report a stray one.

Dog control orders

We have the following dog control orders in operation in Hackney: dog fouling, dog exclusion order, dogs on leads order and dogs on leads by direction order.

Dog and animal fouling

It is an offence not to clean up after your dog has fouled, and you could be fined £75 if you don’t.

Low cost neutering scheme

Low cost neutering is available with the Dogs Trust to those in receipt of means-tested benefit, if your dog is one of the following listed breeds:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Rottweiler, American Bull Dog, Greyhound, Lurcher, Akita, Husky, Malamute, German Shepherd, Samoyed, Jack Russell Terrier, Border Collie

Crossbreeds where the primary breed is identifiable as one of those listed will also be eligible.

Reporting cruelty to animals

If you suspect that an animal of any kind is being subjected to any form of cruelty then the only organisation that can legally deal with this is the RSPCA. Contact the them on 0300 1234 999.

More information

We offer a range of services to cover animal welfare under various legislation:

  • We collect stray dogs within the borough, and keep them in our kennel for seven days if unidentified before sending to an approved re-homing centre
  • We license and inspect animal related establishments
  • We promote responsible pet ownership and offer behavioural advice
  • We work in conjunction with the local vet practices, the police, the RSPCA, Status Dog Unit, Dog Trusts and other animal rescue organisations
Page updated on: 22 September 2023

Animal Welfare Services


(next door to Millfields Road Depot)
Millfields Road
E5 0AR


Opening times

  • Office hours: Mon to Fri: 7am to 3pm (Tel: 020 8356 6688 until 5pm, after 5pm and on weekends our emergency out of hours service handle calls)