Great Debate: Should we have a national dog warden service, away from local authority funding and control?

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Take part to our Great Debate: should we have a national dog warden service, away from local authority funding and control?

It’s no mystery that dog warden services across the UK grapple with disparate rules and standards adopted by various authorities. Some dog wardens are better funded than others, resulting in different standards of welfare, different rules and procedures, different opening times – all of which can impact any lost dog’s chances to find their way home again, for better or worse. In short, it’s a postcode lottery.

Some suggest that the best solution would be a national dog warden service with central funding, with the same rules and minimum standards of service and welfare to meet. This, they argue, would eliminate the disparities and make communication easier – particularly in cases where a missing dog is found far from home.

Others are more skeptical, as they feel local authorities have a better grasp on the type of service needed in their community than a centralised service would, allowing them to tailor their services – from operating procedures to opening times – for maximum efficiency.

What do you think – should we have a national dog warden service, away from local authority funding and control? Tell us what you think here, on Facebook, or by writing to editorial@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk.

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  1. I don’t think a national service would be better funded or administered than a local authority funded service – they’re all civil servants funded by the public purse. What needs to happen is the Local Government Association, the professional body for LA’s need to set out guidelines that all LA’s sign up to. And LA’s need to spend their time and money on providing core services instead of applying funding and policing dog PSPO’s and put that money & resources into the dog warden service.

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