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Stray animals

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Our Dog Control Officer regularly tours all parts of Charnwood. They will seize and detain any stray dog they finds in a public place, either on patrol or in response to a complaint.

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 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.

Reclaiming your dog

Dogs found without adequate identification, or which have strayed before, will be taken to College Garth Kennels, Hathern, Leicestershire and kept there for seven days. If unclaimed they will be made available for rehoming.

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

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 Control Officer provides an out of hours collection and kennelling service for stray dogs which are reported to him and in the possession of the finer. He can be contacted on 07442 535 012.

The College Garth Kennels, Derby Road, Hathern, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5LD also accept strays on Mon-Fri 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm, on Sat 9am to 4pm, on Sun 9am to 12pm, call 01509 842 327.

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