Stray dogs

If you find a stray dog, you should contact us on 01423 500600. Give a full description, where it was last seen and at what time.

If you find a stray dog outside office hours:

  • take the dog to our Stray Dog Reception Centre. This can be arranged by calling 07525 988061
  • return the dog to the owner, if details are known
  • keep the dog until the next working day

We don't operate a collection service outside office hours and the police do not accept stray dogs. The reception centre is closed between 10pm and 8am and will not be able to respond to enquiries during this time.

Lost dogs

Report a lost dog form

If you've lost your dog you should also contact the police on 101, local veterinary surgeries, neighbours and your micro chipping service provider.

If we seize a stray dog, we will take it to our Stray Dog Reception Centre and keep it for seven days. Before a dog is released, the owner must pay £68, plus kennel costs of £10 per day and any other costs incurred. You can pay staff at the centre by cash, or during office hours by ringing 01423 500600 and paying by credit or debit card before collection. Cheques are no longer accepted.

If a dog is not claimed after seven days, we become the owner. We will re-home it, or in certain circumstances, humanely destroy the dog.

Identification of your dog

Microchipping your dog and making sure it wears a collar with a tag with your name and address on it in public places, will help get your dog back and ensure you comply with the law; failure to do so could lead to a fine.

Dangerous dogs

It's against the law to let any type of dog be dangerously out of control in any location. The Police is the most appropriate enforcing authority for these problems and you should contact them on 101 or in an emergency on 999.

A dog is considered to be dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone
  • makes someone worried that it might injure them
  • it attacks someone's animal
  • the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop a dog attacking their animal

A farmer is allowed to kill a dog if it's worrying their livestock.


If a dog is found to be dangerously out of control the person responsible can receive an unlimited fine and/or be sent to prison for up to six months.

If a dog injures someone the person responsible can be sent to prison for up to five years but if a dog is deliberately used to injure someone they could be charged with 'malicious wounding' or receive up to 14 years if a person allows a dog to kill someone.

If a person allows a dog to injure an assistance dog (for example a guide dog) they can be sent to prison for up to three years.

In all cases the person responsible may be banned from having a dog or the dog may be humanely destroyed.

Page last updated 31/03/2018