Found and stray dogs
We have a duty to deal with stray dogs. The term "stray" refers to any dog, which is not accompanied by an owner or other person with responsibility for that dog. This applies whether or not the dog has identification or wears a collar.
If you find a stray dog you must under the law:
- return the dog to its owner;
- contact us to let us know you have found a stray dog; or
- take the dog to our acceptance point
(If the finder fails to take one of these courses of action, he will have committed an offence and would be liable, upon conviction, to a fine.)
If you find a dog that you think is a stray there are a number of things you can do to make sure that it does not get harmed or cause harm to others, and increase its chances of being returned to its owner.
Look to see if the dog is wearing any identification. If it is, contact the owner to let them know you have found their dog and to arrange collection with them. Some vets will scan a stray dog to see if it is microchipped. If it is microchipped the vet will try to contact the owner. You could try this as long as you are happy to transport the dog.
If the dog is running loose it may be helpful if you can secure the dog in a garden or other place where the Officer can collect it. However even a normally-friendly dog can act out of character when straying out of their normal environment so it is important that you do not put you or anyone else at risk.
If the dog has no identification or you cannot contact the owner it is important that you contact us straight away as it is likely that there is an owner frantically searching for their dog.
The contact details for a stray dogs during office hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 5:15pm
Animal and pest control: 01327 322326
For a stray dog out of normal office hours the public can call 0800 160 1022. This is the Council's emergency environmental health and flooding service. It must be noted that an officer is not on 24 hour call to attend to a stray dog, however, arrangements can be made with the operator for collection of the dog immediately the next working day.
Where are the stray dogs taken to?
If a dog is seized as a stray by an officer the dog will be taken to our acceptance point for stray dogs, Forest Lodge Kennels:
Forest Lodge Kennels,
Phone: 01604 862239.
(These kennels are open 7 days a week between 8:00am and 4:00pm)