Last updated: 21 February 2023
Next review: 8 September 2023
Who we are and what we do?
We are the Dog Enforcement Team and functions include:
- Collection of stray dogs
- Take formal action for dangerous and nuisance dogs
- Enforce all dog related legislation
- Enforce dog control order offences
- Provide high profile service between 7am-10pm
- Promote responsible dog ownership
- Provide a micro-chip service to Waltham Forest residents
- Work in partnership with Police, RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and other organisations
- License and inspect animal related establishments
- Provide educational talks relating to responsible dog ownership
- Investigate and prosecute offences under the Animal Welfare Act
Information we hold about you
The categories of information that we collect, process, hold and share include:
- personal information. Information includes name, address, and contact details.
- description of events. This includes location and time of fouling, dates and time of noise, location stray was found, and descriptions of dogs involved in a dog attack.
- pictures and videos of injuries to persons.
Why we need your information and how we use it
- enable us to carry out specific functions for which we are responsible
- derive statistics which inform decisions such as provision of service
- take any necessary enforcement action
The lawful basis for the processing
- Public task
- Legal obligation
Who your information will be shared with (if applicable)
We routinely share information with our anti-social behaviour team, and the police with regards noise and dangerous dog’s cases. We also routinely share information with:
Our preferred kennels with regards stray dog cases.
- Border force
- APHA (Animal Plant and Health team city of London)
How long we will keep your information
We hold your data from date of the resolution of any enforcement action for 6 years.
Our data protection officer
Our Data Protection Officer is Mark Hynes. You can contact him at Data.Protection@walthamforest.gov.uk.
Protecting your information
Your information choice and rights
Complaints and contact details
Information Commissioner’s Office
If we are not able to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).