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Report a stray dog

How to report a stray dog

A dog is stray when it’s out by itself, or is unsupervised for a long period of time. It’s our responsibility to make sure no dog goes without a home.

If the stray is in your care

If you are unable to care for the dog we will try our best to help.

If a dog warden is available to collect the dog they will attempt to do so, or we may be able to give you the address of a reception centre where you can take the dog.

Alternatively, a vet may be able to scan the dog for a microchip to confirm its details.

If you have a stray dog in your care please report it online or call us on 01202 123 789.

Out of hours

If you have caught the dog and it is outside of normal operating hours (Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm, Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's day), it is your responsibility to keep the dog safe and contained until we can come and collect it. We have to operate to these hours due to kennel opening times.

Please keep the dog in a secure garden, out-building or within your home with access to water until the dog warden arrives.

For out of hours (nights and weekends) please call

08000 281 870

If you saw a stray but were not able to catch it

We are not able to 'catch' stray dogs that have been seen in open countryside or on public land, we can only assist if you have the dog contained and under control on a lead or rope.

We would however still encourage you to report any sightings of a stray dog as it could prove useful if the owner has been in contact.

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