Dog Warden

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    Brenda O'Kane

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    028 7136 0070

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MPA welcome suitable applicants on behalf of our client for the role of Dog warden. The following role will include. Contribute to the delivery of the Dog Control service within the Health and Community Wellbeing section in accordance with prescribed performance and quality targets.

The post holder will as part of a team be responsible for a range of duties in thedelivery of an effective dog control service whichrequires a high level of customer service, the ability to deal with and resolve issues in accordance with procedures andto ensure compliance with relevant statutory and legislative requirements.The postholder may be required to work evenings and weekends on a rota basis (out of hours’ services as required).(Note: Postholders conduct all duties in all weather conditions as a lone worker)


1.Enforce legislation, Orders and Byelaws relevant to dog control; including all matters relating to dog attacks on persons, livestock and other animals, dog licensing (including microchipping), collection and impounding of stray dogs, and the identification and seizure of banned breeds.

2.Plan, organise and prioritise the day to day management of personal work allocations to achieve the objectives and targets detailed in the Dog Control and Animal Welfare Service Delivery Plan.

3.Investigate complaints, conduct interviews, issue cautions and/or fixed penalty notices in accordance with dog control enforcement guidelines and policy.Gather evidence, prepare reports, assist in the preparation of legal files and attend court to give evidence.

4.Use and maintain all relevant management information systems, undertake associated administrative tasks and maintain such records as are required by the Council in relation to dogs and all operational aspects of the dog control and animal welfare service.

5.Undertake training and development so as to maintain and update knowledge of professional, technical and legislative developments within service areas and ensure authorisation powers pertinent to the post are maintained/enhanced.

6.Register, Inspect and monitor dog breeding establishments and guard dog kennels to ensure compliance with government guidelines and issue Certificates of Registration.

7.Use and be responsible for maintaining in a clean and safe working condition all allocated resources including Council vehicle, safety and investigative equipment; maintain records as required and report any incidents/ accidents or defects to the Line Manager.

8.Liaise with the Council’s kennelling provider on actions associated with the impounding, reclaiming and rehoming of dogs.

9.To render any necessary minor first aid to injured dogs or recommend the assistance of a Veterinary Surgeon and where necessary to oversee the humane destruction of dogs.

10.Create, develop, deliver and review educational programmes and publicity materials on responsible dog ownership to schools, community groups and members of the public.

11.Participate in and encourage cross departmental and interagency working; liaising with relevant council departments, statutory agencies, professional bodies, animal welfare organisations and other stakeholders to improve service delivery.

12.Assist with the Identification and installation of dog control signage and CCTV cameras and regularly monitor for adequacy and report on findings with recommendations.

13.Participate in and ensure compliance with all Council policies and procedures and operate within the highest standards of personal behaviour which reflect the core values of the organisation.

14.Ensure full compliance with Health and Safety requirements and legislation in accordance with Council’s Policies and Procedures.

15.Comply with and actively promote the Council’s policies and procedures on all aspects of equality.

16.Undertake any other duties appropriate to scale, which may be required from time to time.

The postholder should be aware that the responsibilities of the post may be subject to change as a result of organisational change.The Council therefore reserves the right to change the duties of the post by adding to or amending the range of responsibilities.The postholder will be required to be flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs and requirements of the organisation.