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Animal welfare


Medway Council collects stray dogs.
If you wish to report a dog being mistreated, phone the RSPCA on 08705 555 999.

Wildlife rescue

  • animals and birds - RSPCA on 0300 1234 999
  • badgers - the National Federation of Badger Groups on 020 7498 3220
  • foxes - the Fox Project on 01892 826 222
  • hedgehogs - the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890 801
  • other mammals - the Mammal Society on 020 7498 4358

Animals and licensing

Find further advice about animal boarding, dog breeding, exotic or wild animals, game dealers, pet shops, performing animals, riding establishments and  zoos on our Animals and licensing page.

Farm animals 

We enforce farm animal welfare and disease prevention on farms, during transportation and at markets.

The standards for transporting animals are strictly controlled to reduce the possibility of transmitting diseases such as foot and mouth.

Stock records at farms are checked by enforcement agencies such as the British Cattle Movement Service and controls are in place to regulate the disposal of animal carcasses. In the past, farmers could just bury animal carcasses but now they have to be transported to rendering plants. Animal by-products, such as meat trimmings from butchers shops, cannot be sent to landfill sites. These measures are in place to prevent the spread of diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE).

Further information is available on the Trading Standards website and from the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).