Stray dogs

If the dog has a form of identification then, if possible, please return it directly to the owner.

If you see a stray dog or have contained it and you can't find the owner please contact the Dog Control Service:
 

Office hours (Mon-Thurs, 08:45-17:15, Fri, 08.45-16:45)

If the dog has a form of identification then, if possible, please return it directly to the owner.
If you see a stray dog or have contained it and you can't find the owner please contact the Dog Control Service: 03444 828346.

Outside of office hours

A dog collection service only is available outside of normal office hours to deal with contained stray dogs only. To access this service please call: 03444 828346.

Reclaiming your pet

If you wish to check if we have your dog, or where to reclaim it, please contact 03444 828346. 
You will need to provide proof of residential address (e.g. utility bill) and ownership (e.g. kennel club registration, family pet photo, vet bill). You will also be asked to pay a charge for the collection and kennelling of your dog as set out below.

Lost your dog

If you wish to report your dog as missing please contact 03444 828346. 

Charges and fees

If a dog is returned to an owner without going to kennels, then the statutory fine of £25 will be charged together with a fee of £45 for returning the dog.

If we can't find the owner the stray will be transported to our kennels and kept there for up to 7 days. Further fees and charges will apply (see table below). If your dog requires veterinary treatment, vets fees will be charged in addition to those stated in the table below.

Dog straying fees

Day/s

Kennel fees

Admin charge

Collection of fees charge

Dog Collection Charge

Statutory Penalty
(no VAT)

Total
(inc 20% VAT
)

117.5024.0015.0012025.00201.50
23524.0015.0012025.00219.00
352.5024.0015.0012025.00236.50
47024.0015.0012025.00254.00
587.5024.0015.0012025.00271.50
610524.0015.0012025.00289.00
7122.5024.0015.0012025.00306.50
814024.0015.0012025.00324.00

 

If you would like your dog returned to you by our contractor, then there will be an additional charge of £25 plus VAT.
If you are on income-related benefits and you have difficulty paying, please contact the Council on 01494 732058 (during office hours).
If the dog remains unclaimed after this period it will be re-homed or in exceptional circumstances the dog will be put to sleep.