Stray (found), lost and stolen dogs

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 each Local Authority must have a designated officer to deal with stray dogs.

Stray dogs

A stray dog is any dog in a public place or off its own property and not under the direct control of a person.

If we have collected a stray dog, it may be reclaimed by its owner after full payment of a statutory fee, daily kennel fee and any other fees incurred plus veterinary fees if applicable. We will hold a dog for seven clear days to allow the owner time to reclaim it.  Any dog that is not reclaimed will be assessed and passed to rescue for rehoming. We have a no destruct policy. 

Stray dogs can be reclaimed every day from 9am-1pm and 3pm-5pm, from Three Oaks Kennels SO32 1DR. Tel 01489 892760

Losing your dog in another Borough
If you have lost your dog outside of our Borough, please contact the council covering the area in which your dog went missing. We also recommend that you report your dog on as many lost dog websites as possible such as Dog Lost and other local social media sites.

Finding a dog
If you find a dog, it’s an offence not to inform the Local Authority covering the area in which you found it. Their Animal Welfare Officer will collect the dog during normal working hours. If a dog has a tag or other form of identification, you may return it directly to the owner.Please take care when approaching any dogs.

There is an out-of-hours service for the reception of stray dogs and our designated kennels are open to accept them until 9pm. If you find a dog at the weekend or out of office hours, please call 01489 892 760.

Stray dogs in poor condition
Our Animal Welfare Officer assesses 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 action. If you are concerned about an animal in poor condition please contact the RSPCA

Stolen dogs
If your dog is stolen you should report it to the Police and obtain an incident number.  Please also report the theft to our Animal Welfare Officer who can give you further advice and support.  If your dog is insured and/or microchipped you should also report it to the relevant insurance company and/or microchip database company.