Lisburn City Council has extended its Dog Warden Service to include an out-of-hours Dog Warden scheme.
The service deals with evening and weekend requests for service and operates until 10pm on weekdays and from 9am to 10pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
The out-of-hours service will respond to stray dog complaints, lost and found dogs and dog attacks on people and livestock.
The Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Environmental Services Committee, said "Our extended out-of-hours service will ensure that there is greater provision for dog control in the City area at all times. Lisburn is one of only a few Councils to provide this service to its residents and I am pleased that we are able to extend our service"
Lisburn City Council’s Senior Dog Warden, Ian McCreary is pleased with the out-of-hours service. “Quite often we receive calls from residents who have returned home from work to find their dog has escaped from the garden during the day and been collected by a dog warden. It is great that we can meet them in the evening and re-unite them with their lost pet, without having to wait until the following day. The out-of-hours service also enables increased regulation of the stray dog population and in turn cuts down on fouling and noise complaints.
Equally, the service enables us to respond more quickly to any complaints of attacks by dogs. Although attacks are infrequent in the Lisburn area, people have become more vigilant recently and are reporting their concerns to the dog warden service. The out-of-hours service enables the dog wardens to address complaints that previously may not have been addressed for 24 hours or more.”
Local residents requiring assistance or information can reach the service by calling Lisburn City Council’s dog kennels on 028 9260 0804 and will be given an out-of-hours number for immediate response. For further information, please contact the Council’s Environmental Health Service on 028 9250 9394.