Christmas Opening Hours

PAWS Christmas Opening Hours

Our emergency helpline for canine-related incidents (0151 480 4330) will be open 24 hours a day over the Christmas period. If you are busy with another case, please leave your name and number and we'll get back to you as soon as we are able. You can also contact us by email or on Facebook.

The office will be open until 1pm on Friday 21st December. We will then be open on the 27th, 28th and 31st December between 9:30 am and 1pm. We will be open as usual from Wednesday 2nd January.


We wish you and your pets a very happy Christmas and a lovely new year!

Dogs Not Kept Under Proper Control

If your dog has been threatened with destruction under Section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871, it’s important to remember that the police cannot order your dog’s destruction – that takes a court order.

We recognise that threats like this against your dog can be scary, and that it’s easy to panic or go into denial, but that’s where we can come in – we can set the ball rolling to protect your dog and take a lot of the worry out of your hands.

Section 2 of the Dogs Act

Civil proceedings can be taken against the owner of a dog that is dangerous and not kept under proper control. The allegation can be towards people or animals; the legislation applies to incidents that take place in both public and private places. As proceedings are civil, the court cannot impose any penalty on the owner or order them to pay compensation.

However, they can order the owner to pay costs of the application and order the dog to be destroyed or kept under proper control.

Legal aid is unavailable for proceedings under this section - please call our office to discuss fees.