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The Dog Warden will collect and kennel any stray dog they find in a public place in response to a report.

Strays on private land can also be captured, with the landowners consent.

Legal requirements

All dogs in a public place are legally required to wear a collar and tag giving the name and address or contact telephone number of the owner. It is an offence for your dog to be without this identification. Dogs with suitable identification on the tag will be returned to their address where possible.

From April 2016, new regulations will also require every dog owner to have their dog microchipped and the microchip details to be up to date.

Reclaiming your dog

Dogs found without adequate identification, or which have strayed before, will be taken to our contracted kennels and kept there for seven days. If unclaimed they will be made available for rehoming.

The kennel will contact the details on the microchip to re-unite the dog with the owner. To help with this process you should ensure all microchip information is up to date.

Before the dog can be reclaimed, the owner must pay:

  • A fine and administrative fee: £45.50
  • Daily kenneling fee (currently £8.50 + VAT as of 01.06.2017)
  • Any veterinary fees incurred

Once the fee has been paid the kennel will arrange delivery of the dog back to the owner.

Reporting a stray dog

  • Tel: 01509 634628/634656 (Monday - Thursday, 8.30am - 5pm, Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm)

During out-of-office hours (Mon to Friday 5pm to 10pm, and Saturday/Sunday 10am to 10pm) the Dog Warden provides an out of hours collection and kennelling service for stray dogs which are reported and in the possession of the finer. Contact details are: 0116 2696177.

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Last updated: Wed 21st October, 2020 @ 13:32