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Whenever possible you should try and report ONLINE –
We encourage reporting “attempt dog thefts” or suspicious activity so we can take the appropriate action to carry out necessary patrols and collate intelligence

If you cannot report online, please call 101. Only call 999 in an emergency.

Crime reports:
Crime No


07/10/2021 10:46
Known suspect has taken IPs dog and is refusing to return it.

02/11/2021 19:30
Five unknown males have attempted to take the IP's two dogs.

News and Information:
The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 requires anyone with a dog over 8 weeks of age to be microchipped. The details must also be correctly registered with the owner’s details on an approved database. Failure to do so can lead to a fine of up to £500 and a criminal record. Before today we had no way of prosecuting if a dog didn’t meet the requirements or form part of an investigation.

Dog Wardens – Wiltshire Council  (

Wiltshire Council's Dog Warden service has received national recognition from the RSPCA.
The service has been awarded a Gold Stray Dogs award in the annual RSPCA PawPrints Awards 2021.
The annual awards recognise local councils who have clear procedures and protocols in place that ensure the welfare of stray dogs. There are a number of categories in the awards, with bronze, silver and gold standards in each.
Since January 2021, the service has dealt with around 352 stray or found dogs in Wiltshire. Of those taken to kennels around half are reclaimed by their owners. The Dog Warden service works closely with Bath Cats and Dogs Home to rehome animals which aren't claimed by their owners.
In addition to the team award, two members of the service, Sebastian Williams and John Quinn were awarded a Special Recognition award for their part in not only maintaining the service throughout the pandemic and developing the service within Public Protection. They were one of only four winners in this group across England and Wales.
Cllr Ashley O'Neill, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said, "We are extremely proud of our Dog Warden Service and all that they have achieved by receiving these awards. It represents all of the hard work that goes into the service and the high standards that we strive to achieve.
"For John and Seb to receive a special recognition award for their work over the pandemic, when it has been a challenging time for the service, and to be recognised across the country for their efforts is nothing short of amazing.
"Congratulations to everyone involved in the service - this award is very well deserved."
If you find a stray dog and cannot contact the owner, it is a legal requirement to report it to Wiltshire Council by calling 0300 4560107.

Some helpful advice on keeping your dog safe can be found on these websites:
Dog theft | Crimestoppers (
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