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A stray dog is any dog which is running free without its owner being present. Legally it makes no difference if the dog is loose accidentally, or has been deliberately allowed to roam.
If an owner allows their dog to stray they commit an offence. Stray dogs can be seized, and the Owner must pay a fine before a dog can be returned.
Where possible the Local Authority attempts to seize all stray dogs.
If you’ve lost your dog
We will advise you of the reference number of your report, which you should quote if you contact us again – for example if your dog is found.
See our Responsible Dog Ownership page for hints and tips to minimise the chances of losing your dog.
Anybody who finds a stray dog should report it to the Borough Council. Contact Us
The Police no longer accept Stray Dogs.
We will advise you of the reference number of your report, which you should quote if you contact us again about this matter.
|Total dogs seized||237||190|
|Kept by the person finding the dog||6||9|
|Returned to owners without being taken to kennels||19||19|
|Reclaimed from kennels by their owners||96||75|
|Not reclaimed and rehomed||100||74|
|Put to sleep||16||13|
If we can contact you we’ll telephone you to explain options available.
If we can return your dog to you quickly we charge £66. You need to pay by credit or debit card to our Customer Services Team. (Telephone 01782 742571)
If we can’t contact you, no one is home, or you can’t pay promptly we will take your dog to the City Dogs Home. Their charge will be from £78.00. They will add £12.00 for each day the dog has been at the kennels. They will not release your dog until you have paid what is due.
Your dog can remain at the kennels for up to 7 days. After 7 days unclaimed dogs may be rehomed or put to sleep.
Prices quoted are valid until 31st March 2013.
If possible you should try to hold the dog until a Warden can visit you. If this is not possible you could try phoning your local vet to see if they can hold it until a Warden is available.
I’ve found a dog, can I keep it ?
We need to record the dog's details, in case the owner contacts us searching for it. A Dog Warden will want to visit you to check if the dog has a microchip, and take a photograph of the dog. The warden will explain further about options to keep the dog when he contacts you.
The law requires that you pay all the charges before your dog is released. However, in exceptional circumstances we may be able to allow you to pay the fine later. You need to explain to us why you are unable to pay. We will check to confirm this, and contact you to offer alternative payment options. In all cases you will need to pay the daily kennelling charge to the kennels. This is £12.00 for each day, or part of a day. that your dog has been at the kennels.