Danielle Easen Dog Warden
Danielle Easen is one of our Dog Wardens at Adur & Worthing Councils. She joined the team in September 2021 and, along with her teammate Michael Barnard, looks out for the welfare of dogs in the area.
Dealing with stray dogs, investigating dog-related complaints, enforcement of laws and regular patrolling of parks, streets and other open spaces within Adur and Worthing are some of Danielle's responsibilities.
Danielle has a four-legged friend of her own called Billy and in her spare time enjoys taking Billy for long walks in the woods and at the beach. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her horses.
You can read Danielle's current blog posts on this page below:
See also: Dogs
Hi everyone, last week we shared an appeal to find the owner of a dog that was found lost at Goring Gap on Adur & Worthing Councils’ Facebook page.
I just wanted to start by saying a big thank you to everyone who shared our appeal to help find the little Shepherd Dog’s owner. His owner was very very grateful to have him back!
The topic of microchips was being discussed in the Facebook post’s comments section, so I thought I would look at what we do about dogs with no microchip or where the details are out of date.
When we collect a stray dog, we scan their body with our microchip scanner to reveal a chip number. The majority of the time, there is a chip present. We then search the chip number on the online databases.
If the chip is registered, we will:
- Call the contact numbers (leave a message).
- Go to the address (leave a Seven Day Notice).
- Email the email address (if one provided).
If we can’t get hold of the owner, we have to take the dog to kennels and await contact from the owner. If the owner doesn’t come forward for the dog after seven days, the dog becomes the property of the Councils.
Once an owner has been identified we will go through the reunification process, including taking payment for the dog. Kennelling a dog means charges build up for the owner, so it is important the dog is chipped and the details are up-to-date so that these charges are minimised.
If a dog doesn’t have a microchip, or the details aren’t up-to-date, we issue a 21 Day Notice.
The 21 Day Notice states that the owner must have the dog microchipped and registered with up-to-date details within 21 days of being served the notice. Failure to do this can lead to a fine of £500.
Thankfully, every 21 Day Notice I have issued has been complied with before the expiry date.
Do you know your dog’s microchip number, whether it is registered and if your contact details are up-to-date?
I am looking to do some chip check days at some of the popular dog walking spots in Adur & Worthing over the coming months.
You can bring your dog to me, I can scan them and check their details online for you. I will update the blogs with more information on this soon. You can also contact your dog’s vet who may have a copy of their microchip number.
“We use PSPOs to ensure everyone can be safe and happy whilst using public areas…”
Hi, my name is Danielle and I'm one of our Dog Wardens at Adur & Worthing Councils. Please check out my blog below ...
Have your say on Adur and Worthing's Dog Control Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) and the changes that are looking to be made. You have until 26th August 2022 to get involved and add your comments.
There may be areas mentioned that you have no opinion on, or areas that you want to talk about that aren't mentioned.
The areas affected by proposed changes in Adur are:
- The Adur riverbank off Brighton Road
- Adur Ferry Bridge in Shoreham
- Lancing Beach Green
and in Worthing are:
- Beach House Park, Brighton Road
- West Park Recreation Ground
- Worthing Leisure Centre
- Goring Beach
- Heene Terrace
We use PSPOs to ensure everyone can be safe and happy whilst using public areas within Adur and Worthing, with out of control dogs or irresponsible dog owners spoiling this for others.
Our current PSPOs include:
- Keeping your dog on a lead in certain areas
- Putting your dog on a lead if directed to by an authorised officer
- Picking up and correctly disposing of dog waste
- Dog exclusion areas
- Limiting the amount of dogs one person can walk to six dogs
We propose to continue with these and failure to follow these PSPOs can lead to the issue of £100 Fixed Penalty Notices and can escalate to a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record.
Cllr Emma Evans, Adur's Executive Member for the Environment added:
“The vast majority of dog owners are considerate, but unfortunately there are a small number who are irresponsible and don't control their dogs, or allow them to foul.”
Cllr Vicki Wells, Worthing's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
“Public Space Protection Orders help the Councils to manage our shared open spaces so that they can be enjoyed by all members of our community - including responsible dog owners.”
It would be great to get feedback from residents, workers, visitors, dog owners and non-dog owners.
These PSPOs are due to come into effect towards the end of the year.
You can find the online consultation (deadline for comments: 26th August 2022) below:
Photo: Clean it up - dog fouling stencil sprayed on the pavement
Photo: Dog on a lead
Photo: Dog exclusion, dog on a beach
Every year, dogs die from health complications relating to the hot weather and the best way to keep your dog safe is to keep them at home and ensure they aren't exposed to too much heat.
In today's blog post, I am going to discuss some situations that can be linked to dogs suffering in the heat, what to do if you see a dog suffering and signs of heatstroke to look out for.
Dogs die in hot cars
As obvious as it may sound, the best way to ensure your pet doesn't get ill inside a hot car, is to not take them in a hot car!
If you have to travel with your dog in the car during the warmer weather, please ensure you do not leave them inside the car alone for any amount of time. Not long is too long! Even with the windows opened, cars can get extremely hot very quickly and cause major health problems for your pet.
If you see a dog in distress inside a car, call 999 immediately. The police have the power to gain entry into a vehicle and free the dog from the situation.
The Dog Wardens may become involved in certain situations regarding this.
Dogs die on hot walks
Again, the best way to prevent your dog getting ill from too much heat on a walk, is to not walk them during the very hot hours of the day. I know that some circumstances mean you need to take your dog out for a toilet break, but if you do have to, please keep it short and in the shade.
I check the temperature of the pavement with the back of my hand when I want to walk Billy in the summer. If it is too hot for my hand, it is too hot for his feet. I tend to take him for walks early in the morning and later in the evenings. We don't do too much when it is hot out as it is not worth the risk of him becoming unwell.
A dog won't die from missing a walk but they could die by going on one in the heat.
Overheating in dogs
Any dog can overheat, but certain dogs are more prone to overheating than others, these include:
- Brachycephalic (flat face) dogs like: Pugs, French Bulldogs, Boxers and Mastiffs.
- Elderly dogs
- Young puppies
- Heavy coated dogs
- Dogs with health conditions or taking medications
- High energy dogs who don't want to stop!
The symptoms of potential heatstroke include:
- Heavy panting
- Excessive drooling
- Being 'wobbly' and uncoordinated
What to do if your dog is suffering from potential heatstroke
If there are two of you, ask one person to call the closest vet whilst the other person follows these steps:
- Move the dog to a shaded area
- Pour cool (not really cold) water over the dog.
- If you can, use wet towels and place the dog in front of a fan to cool the dog.
- Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water
- Continue to pour cool water over the dog until their breathing settles
- Take the dog to the closest vets you can
I'm sure some of us will be celebrating the Queen's 70th Jubilee with friends and family this weekend. If you are planning to take your dog with you, please think about the following:
- Double-check the weather
- Ensure the place you are visiting is accepting dogs
- Have plenty of shade available
- Have lots of fresh, clean water available
- Ensure your dog can't escape from where it is
- Keep their collar and tag on at all times
If you don't have to take your dog, it may be best to leave them at home. Please don't leave them in the car whilst you enjoy time celebrating, it isn't worth the risk of them suffering.
With Easter behind us, there are certain changes to the rule on bringing dogs to the beaches in some areas. Through this week's blog, I'm going to provide all the details on the changes below...
From May 1st to September 30th, dogs are banned from certain parts of our beaches. If you do take your dogs onto the restricted areas of the beach during this time, you can be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.
Dog exclusion beaches in Adur and Worthing:
Area between Heene Road and Splash Point in Worthing
Area between the two boat launching ramps in Goring
If you are taking your dog to the non-restricted zones of the beach, your pet must be under close control and not be able to cause a nuisance to others. If found to be causing a nuisance, such as jumping on people, stealing picnics, worrying others etc then you can be ordered to put the dog on a lead. Failing to do so can result in a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.
You must, of course, have to pick up after your dog and dispose of their waste correctly. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our local beaches, including our dogs.
Worthing isn’t alone in restricting dogs on certain beaches. Brighton, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are a few nearby beaches that also have restrictions.
Myself and my dog Billy love going down to the beach. Our favourite spot is on Brighton Road in Lancing. I think it is great we are able to use this section all-year round.
If you are unsure of the locations you can/cannot take your dog, please check out our Public Space Protection Order Maps on our website:
Photo: Danielle's dog Billie on Worthing beach
Beware of adders
“Adders don't really want to bite you or your dog as that uses up a lot of their energy ...”
I have seen an increasing number of reported adder sightings, particularly in and around the South Downs. Adders are a venomous snake that can be found in a variety of habitats, including grassland, woodlands, heathlands and moorlands. They tend to eat small mammals and some ground nesting birds.
They hibernate between October and March and when they awake from hibernation, they spend a lot of their time basking in the sunshine. You may see them on the footpaths, although more commonly they remain hidden in the bushes.
Adders don't really want to bite you or your dog as that uses up a lot of their energy, but if they feel threatened then they might bite and administer venom. Dogs tend to be bitten on their nose or on their legs, as they are either having a sniff too close or accidentally jump on them.
If your dog is an inquisitive pup, and loves sniffing in bushes and running in the grass, it may be a good idea to keep them on a lead, or under very close control where you can see or anticipate any threat, before an accident occurs.
Symptoms of an adder bite include:
- two puncture marks inside a swollen area
- acting differently, nervous
- increased heartbeat and breathing rate
- vomiting and drooling
- wobbly walking
If your dog is bitten by an adder, restrict their movement as much as possible and get them to the closest emergency vet, they will assess your dog and can administer an anti-venom.
I am sure most of us are looking forward to an Easter Egg (or two!) this Easter. But it is so important that we keep these well out of reach of our pets. A sweet treat for us can lead to a whole load of health issues for our pets and possibly quite a hit to your bank account!
Some effects of chocolate ingestion by dogs are:
- vomiting and diarrhoea
- increased thirst
- excessive urination
- muscle tremors
- heart failure
- possible death
If your dog does find and ingest chocolate, please call your vet and discuss the next steps.
Some of you may have noticed that the little baby lambs are being born and some may be out in the field with their mothers.
If a dog is caught worrying sheep or if it can be proved that the dog worried sheep, the maximum penalty for the dog owner is a fine of up to £1,000 plus costs. The police also have the powers to 'detain' a dog.
So it really isn't worth the risk of any animals being hurt or distressed. If you see any livestock in the fields, please put your dog on a lead to keep the livestock and your dog safe.
And finally ...
I hope you all have a lovely time, enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed) and stay safe!
Hi everyone, I hope you have all been enjoying this beautiful weather!
We have been pretty busy with stray dogs recently - thankfully all of them have been reunited with their owners, but hardly any had their collar and tag on.
Having a collar and tag on your dog can make all the difference to how quickly you can be reunited. It is so easy for a finder to call the number on their collar and get them back to you. And it’s also a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag when out and about!
If you usually take your dog’s collar off at home, it may be worth keeping it on if you have guests, are busy in and out of the house or have someone else looking after them for the day.
I understand some people are worried about their dogs having their proper collars on if they are at home alone. An option is to use a ‘breakaway’ collar. These are collars that come off easily if they are snagged on something - a bit like cat collars. They are a lightweight option that can hold a tag to leave on your pet inside the house. This means that if they sneak out of the house, they will still have a tag on.
A breakaway collar shouldn’t be used to walk your dog as it may come off if your dog pulls and they could get into all sorts of trouble, so make sure they wear a regular collar when out and about.
Tags can be costly, especially if you have a dog who likes to lose things! I tend to get my pets tags online and you can find cheaper tags when you do a little bulk buy. It is always good to have spare tags, just in case.
If your dog doesn’t like the jangling sound of the tags, you can get ‘slide on’ tags. These slide onto your dog's collar and sit against the material meaning there isn’t much extra noise.
To eliminate the noise completely, you can get your dog’s collar embroidered with your details.
In addition to having to wear a collar and tag, it’s also a legal requirement (The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015) for all dogs to be microchipped and their owner’s details kept up to date. Chips are so important for reuniting dogs with their owners. If there are any concerns about the owner’s details or to find out if a dog has been reported lost or stolen, we can check the chip to see if there has been anything flagged up. If your dog's chip isn’t registered or up to date it makes it so much harder to track you down and get your dog back.
If you need any help to double-check if your dog's microchip is up-to-date please feel free to get in touch with us and we can help!
Photo: Inka and Lola wearing their collars and tags
Page last updated: 22 August 2022