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Dog Control and Stray Dogs

Aberdeen Dog Warden team deal all aspects of dog ownership. They also give helpful advice on any dog related problems and investigate dog related complaints such as barking and fouling.

These matters are dealt with in the strictest confidence. The Council's booklet Living with Dogs (available from the downloadable forms section on the right) gives advice on responsible dog ownership.

Responsible dog ownership

Education is a key role of the dog warden's duties. Presentations on responsible dog ownership and a programme of school talks are undertaken every year. Penalties for Dog Fouling can be accessed here.

You can report a concern relating to dog control through our online service.

There is no statutory definition of a stray dog. However in most cases it should be evident whether or not there is a person in charge of the dog.

Any matters relating to stray dogs should be brought to the attention of the Dog Warden service. The Dog Warden service operates Monday- Friday between 8.30am-5.00pm.

Anyone finding a dog outside these hours, on public holidays or at weekends, should take the dog to the nearest police station. A stray dog not reclaimed by its owner within 7 days will be available for re-homing.


The Dog Wardens will uplift  a stray dog and, unless the owner can be immediately contacted, take it to Mrs Murrays Home for Cats and Dogs. Owners will be charged for the uplift and boarding of the dog. The dog will not be released until the charge is paid.

The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010

Any dog, regardless of it's breed, can cause fear and alarm, or even serious injury if it is allowed by it's owner to be 'out of control'.

All dog owners have a responsibility to ensure that their dog/s be kept under proper control at all times, even in their own home and garden. Dog owners require to ensure that their dog/s do not cause fear, alarm or attack other dogs, animals or people.

Our Dog Wardens aim to highlight the responsibilities to owners of 'out of Control' dogs at an early stage and to bring about any necessary change in the behaviour of the dog and in some cases the dog owners own attitudes on how their dog should be controlled before their dog becomes dangerous.

The Control of Dogs Act provides Dog Wardens with powers to take action against out of control dogs by issuing Dog Control Notices on dog owners  by requiring them to take specific measures to improve the dogs behaviour.

If you have concerns about a dogs behaviour and  consider it to act in an aggressive manner or experience fear or alarm by a dog, you may report this to our Dog Wardens.

If you have been bitten or attacked by any breed of dog or have been subject to aggressive behaviour by a dog, this should be reported to Police Scotland with as much information about the dog, incident and its owner.

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  • Dog Control
    Environmental Health and Trading Standards
    Communities and Housing
    Aberdeen City Council
    Business Hub 15
    3rd Floor South
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 03000 200 292
    Fax: 01224 52 38 87

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