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Stray and Lost Dogs
A stray dog is defined as any dog that is in a public place or a
private place where it should not be, without its owner/keeper in
Under the Environmental
Protection Act 1990 each Local Authority has a designated
officer to deal with stray dogs.
A stray dog may be reclaimed by its owner after full payment of
a statutory fee, daily kennel fee and any other expenses incurred.
This will include veterinary fees, if applicable.
If you lose your dog contact the Animal Welfare Officers
covering the area in which you lost it. They will
take details of your dog and give advice on any further action you
If you find a dog it is an offence not to inform the Local
Authority covering the area in which you found it. The
Animal Welfare Officers will collect the dog during normal
working hours. If a dog has a tag with the owner's name and
address inscribed, you may return it directly to them.
There is an out-of-hours service for stray dogs. If you
find or lose a dog at the week-end or after the office is closed
you should telephone 01489 892 760.
If your dog is stolen you should report it to the Police and
obtain an incident number. Also report the theft to the
Animal Welfare Officers who will give advice on further action you
may take. If your dog is insured or micropchipped you should
also report it to the relevant insurance company.
Stray dogs in poor condition
The Animal Welfare Officers assess all stray dogs and will obtain
veterinary treatment as required. If they consider there is a
welfare problem they will contact the RSPCA to decide on any further
For further information contact us
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