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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 College Garth Kennels, 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 College Garth Kennels on 01509 842327 or 07442 535012, between 8 am and 8 pm Monday to Friday, and 10 am to 8 pm 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 7 days - please contact College Garth Kennels.

Have you lost your dog?

If you have lost a dog please contact us. 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.

Dogs that have not been claimed and are looking for a new home can be found on the College Garth Kennels website.

Claiming a stray dog

If your dog has been taken to the kennels it can be collected:

  • Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Bank holidays - by appointment


The current charges for collection of strays:

£25.00 – Statutory fine
£25.00 (plus VAT) Stray Dog Administration Fee
£10.00 (plus VAT) - Kennelling per day or part of the day

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

Last updated 14 December 2019
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