Dogs

14.4.5.L5 Updated on:13 October 2021

Dog licences

You must purchase a licence for each dog you keep. The licence fee is £10 per dog, lasts for 1 year and must be renewed by 31 January each year.

To purchase the license see here.

Injury to persons

Dog owners should be covered by their contents insurance policy. Injured people could claim under a personal accident insurance policy if they have one. If neither applies, Court action can be explored. Depending on the circumstances, the incident should be reported to the police especially when it is thought that the attack was unprovoked and the animal could present a danger. If a compensation claim is intended, photographs of the injuries should be taken to be used as evidence.

Noisy dogs

A log of disturbances should be kept for two weeks and then reported to Environmental Health at environmentalhealth@gov.je or telephone 445808.  They will assess whether a nuisance exists and will deal with it accordingly.

Strays

Anyone finding a stray dog with an identity tag should first contact the owner to arrange for the dog to be returned. If that is not possible, then the finder should inform the duty Centenier of the Parish in which the dog was found.

In cases where there is no identity tag or the owner cannot be reached, the duty Centenier will call out an appropriate qualified party to collect the dog. The dog will be housed in an appropriate facility while the parish traces the owner and arranges for the owner to collect the dog.

The dog owner will incur a collection charge, as well as the cost of accommodation in the appropriate facility where the dog has been held.

If the owner cannot be traced or contacted, the dog will be disclaimed for re-homing.

By Law, a dog on the public highway or in a public place must wear a collar which has the name and address of the owner.

Name tags

Dog owners have a legal obligation to ensure their dog has a name tag and it is not sufficient for the dog to only be chipped. Failure to give the dog a name tag or to allow the animal to stray will result in owners being summonsed to the parish hall where they could be fined or given a warning.