Stray Dogs

A dog is classified as a stray if it is unsupervised in any public place or private place where it is not permitted to be, whether or not it is wearing an identification tag.

We collect stray dogs from a variety of public places, members of the public on request. This is completed through our partnership with Animal Care Services Ltd, who collect, kennel and return stray dogs.

There are several ways that you can report a lost dog or a dog that has been found in the district.

Alternatively, you can contact Animal Care Services Ltd on 0116 269 6177 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 8pm weekends and Bank Holidays.

Please note that you will be required to provide your full name, address, telephone number and the location in which you have either lost or found a dog.

For information on stray dogs that have been found in the last seven days please contact Animal Care Services Ltd.

Have you lost your dog?

If you have lost a dog please contact Animal Care Services Ltd on 0116 269 6177. All owners of identifiable dogs will be served by written notice advising them that their dog has been seized if they have not claimed their dog by the end of the first working day.

If a dog is not claimed by its owner within seven clear days then the Council’s contractor will attempt to re-home it.

Claiming a stray dog

If your dog has been taken to the kennels please call Animal Care Services Ltd to arrange their return to your home.


The current charges for collection of strays:

£25 - Statutory fine
£30 (plus VAT) - Stray Dog Administration Fee
£10 (plus VAT) - Kennelling per day or part of the day

Any vet fees incurred must also be paid prior to release.

Last updated 7 June 2024
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