Stray or found dog

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, they 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.

If the dog is wearing any identification, 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 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.

If the dog is running loose it may be helpful if you can secure the dog in a garden or other place where it can be collected.

Our contact number to call is 01327 322326 during normal office hours or 0800 160 1022 outside of normal office hours. This is our 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.

If we seize a stray dog it will be taken to Forest Lodge Kennels.