At any time of the day or night, members of the public finding a stray dog may contact us for advice on what to do. You will be asked for your name and address details, a contact telephone number and a description and location of the dog. We will check these details against any reports we have received about lost dogs.
If we think we know who the owner is, we may ask for your help to reunite the dog with its owner.
If for some reason this is not possible we may ask you to take the dog to the Council's kennels between 8.30am and 9.00pm (seven days a week including bank holidays). We will tell you where this is when you ring.
The Council's kennels are closed after 9.00pm, so if you notify us about a stray dog after 9.00pm, you will need to hold on to it until 08.30am the next day.
In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to collect the dog from you provided you have notified us before 9.00pm.
If you lose your dog, you can contact us and leave details so that we can contact you if somebody reports it to us as a stray. If we have received a report of a found dog that matches the one you have lost we will try to put you in touch with the finder so you can establish whether this is your dog and get it back.
Dog owners can help to prevent their dog becoming a nuisance or a hazard by keeping them under proper control at all times.
It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be chipped, wear a collar and identity tag whilst out in public, bearing the name and address of the owner. A phone number is also helpful in enabling anybody finding a stray to repatriate it with the owner without the council having to become involved.
The average cost of reclaiming a dog from the Council's kennels is around £200. This can rise to £300 pounds (or even more if veterinary charges are incurred). At less than £10, a collar and tag with up-to-date identification details is a good investment.
You can also report stray or lost dogs through our dedicated Facebook page.