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.

Reporting lost dogs or strays online

Please complete the form below and if your dog is found as a stray the kennels will get in contact with you:

Report a stray or missing dog online

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: £54.18
  • Daily kenneling fee (currently £12 including VAT)
  • 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

Telephone 01509 634564 (Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm)

During out-of-office hours (Monday to Friday 5pm to 10pm, and Saturday/Sunday 9am 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 finder. Please use the webform below which will go straight to the kennels.

If your dog is found as a stray, the kennels will contact the owner using the information on the form/microchip.

Report a stray or missing dog online

Last updated: Fri 6th May, 2022 @ 11:10