The Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990 places duties on local authorities to deal with stray dogs. These duties are to collect and detain stray dogs, return seized dogs to their owners, keep a register of stray dogs and retain the dogs for a period of 7 days, after which they cease to be a local authority responsibility.
The London Borough of Havering is seeking to appoint a Supplier for three years, with a potential for an extension for a further two years, to provide the following services:
1. Dog Collection Service: The Supplier will collect stray dogs when reported to the Council. The collection period for this service will be between 07:00 and 00:00 hours 365 days per year, including bank holidays. Anyone finding stray dogs between 00:00 and 07:00 hours will still be able to report them by phoning the Council’s Call Centre, but the Supplier will not be required to collect until after 07:00 hours.
2. Dog Kennelling Service: Following collection, the Supplier will transport the dogs to licensed kennels. All stray dogs will be checked for any forms of owner identification. The Supplier will keep the stray dogs for the statutory seven-day period and will be responsible for the dog’s welfare during this period.
3. Administration, Record Keeping and Reporting: The Supplier will be responsible for serving notices under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, maintaining the statutory register of seized dogs and providing the Council with written monthly monitoring reports of tasks, which have been carried out in performing the service.
4. Re-homing Service: Seven days after collection the dogs cease to be a Council responsibility, and that responsibility passes to the Supplier. The Supplier will be responsible for the safe custody, care and re-homing of the dogs that are not claimed by their owners. The Council anticipates that dogs will be euthanised only on medical or behavioural grounds.