The renewal of stray dog service will be discussed by our cabinet on Tuesday 13 September 2022.
The council has a statutory duty to deliver a service that provides for the collection and kennelling of stray dogs, the current arrangements have ended, and it is necessary to re-secure the service.
A report will be discussed at cabinet next Tuesday, which outlines recommendations for the stray dog service. The current service includes;
- the in-house animal warden provided by the council
- the kennelling of strays until re-united or re-homed
- and the acceptance point where strays are held out of hours until collected by the kennel.
For the reasons outlined in the report, the recommendation includes keeping the animal warden in house, and using the existing kennelling service, but awarding South Essex Homes with the acceptance point element of the service.
Cllr Martin Terry, cabinet member for public protection, said: “Over the past three years, the service has received an average of 120 stray dogs per year. This number could potentially rise due to the cost-of-living crisis, and it’s important that we have the service and procedures in place to protect any stray dogs, residents, and visitors in Southend-on-Sea.
“I urge any pet owners to who are unable to provide for their pets, to seek advice from kennels and re-homing services, ensuring the safety of their animals and people in the City.”