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Dog enforcement team privacy notice

Privacy notice for dog enforcement

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 (such as name, address, contact details)
  • description of events (such as location and time of fouling, dates and time of noise, location stray was found, description 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.

  • HMRC
  • Customs
  • 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

Please see the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice.

Your information choice and rights

Please see the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice.

Complaints and contact details

Please see the relevant section of the Corporate Privacy Notice.

Information Commissioner’s Office

If we’re unable to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).