Birmingham City Council have released a statement clarifying their position on the breeding of dogs in council properties. 

A recent documentary on ITV, Dangerous Dogs, showed the work of dog wardens across three local authorities, including Birmingham. The programme highlighted that many so called ‘Dangerous Dogs’ are the product of the way they are kept and treated by owners.

During the programme, among other cases, Birmingham dog warden Kelly Evans was seen dealing with a situation where dogs were being bred in a council tower block and the puppies sold at an early age.

Birmingham City Council has stated that it has never given permission to council tenants to have more than two dogs or use their home or garden for the breeding of animals.

Section 10 of the Conditions of Tenancy document states that tenants, their friends or anyone living or visiting the property must obtain written permission if they want to keep more than two dogs or use their home or garden to breed animals.

Where tenants are found to be in breach of these conditions, and do not remove any animals they do not have permission keep, they may face court action and ultimately could be evicted.

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “We have never given permission to council tenants to have more than two dogs or use their home or garden for the breeding of animals.

“If anyone has any concerns, they should contact the council on 0121 303 1111. Where any cases of breeding or over occupancy of dogs in a council property are reported, we will take action against their owners / the tenants.”

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  1. Unfortunately BCC are very slow (and reluctant) to act or react to reports of tenants breaching their tenancy agreements. Section 6 obliges the tenant not to cause a nuisance or disturbance to his neighbours. However, it took me over a year to convince local Housing Officers that they should actually be taking the tenant to task for this, rather than pass the buck to the Environmental Health Dept. The Tenant should be written to, advised of his responsibilities under the terms of his tenancy agreement and reminded that he faced possible eviction if he repeatedly breached the terms of his tenancy.

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