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Dogs - Strays and Lost

Local authorities now have sole responsibility for stray dogs under s68 of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005. Finders of stray dogs, by law have to inform their local authority in the first instance.

Please do not take a stray dog to your local police station as they will not accept them.

Found dogs

If you find a stray dog you must either:

  • Return the dog to its owner (if you know who the owner is).
  • Contact us and we will pick the dog up as soon as we can or advise on what else should be done.

 To report a stray dog to the Council please call 01623 457345 during the following opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday 08:30am to 5pm.
  • Friday 08:30am to 4:30pm.

 Outside of these hours this number will be automatically diverted to an out of hours line.

 You will be asked for the following information: -

  • Your name, address and telephone number.
  • Description of the dog.
  • Any identification details i.e. disc etc.
  • Where and when you found the dog.

 The Dog Officer will be contacted to collect the dog from you as soon as possible.

Lost and stray


 Lost dogs

 If you lose your dog, please contact us, giving:

  • Your name, address and phone number.
  • Details of the dog, including name, breed/description, colour, sex and any tag or microchip details.

If we find your dog we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange for its return.

If your dog is wearing a collar and disc and/or is microchipped, we will make reasonable attempts to return your dog to its home free of charge. Where there is nobody at the home of the stray dog to receive it, the dog will be taken to the Council’s stray dog kennelling facilities. This attempt to return a stray dog to its home, free of charge, applies only on the first occasion.

Where a dog picked up on second or other occasions, it will be taken immediately to the Council’s stray dog facilities and the owner notified.

If your dog has been kennelled at the Council’s stray dog facility, you will be required to pay detention and kennelling charges before your dog can be collected from the kennels.

The Authority has a legal obligation to kennel a dog for 7 days and it will then be eligible for rehoming.

Dog identification

Collars & Tags
The law says that all dogs, when on the street or in a public place, must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner written on a tag attached to it. The Council would also recommend that you put a mobile phone number on the tag in addition to your address. It is wise to comply with this law, not just because it is a legal requirement, but also because it makes it far more likely that a dog will be returned to you by a member of the public who may find it straying. Remember that members of the public don't normally have a microchip scanner. If a member of the public finds your dog and it has a tag with your details on so that they can return it to you directly it means you won't have to pay any kennelling charges which may be the case if the Council Dog Warden picks up your dog.

Dog Microchipping
From 6th April 2016 it is also a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped and have the correct details logged with the microchipping database company. Microchipping is a permanent form of identification. A 'chip' (about the size of a long grain of rice) is injected under the skin of the dog, between the shoulder blades. This chip carries a unique number that allows the dog to be traced to its owner when scanned. The owner's contact details are stored on a database and once scanned, the Council's Dog Warden or anyone with the ability to scan a dog (such as a vet) can contact the relevant chip database company and the owner would be contacted. Please remember though that you must keep the database company updated with your details if you move house as failure to do so is also an offence. You should also provide the new owners details if you sell or give away your dog.
Remember, if we pick your dog up with no identification:

  • You will have to pay for its return, the charge for which is made up in part by a statutory charge over which we have no control and a charge to partially cover the costs of collection and kennelling.
  • You could be prosecuted and fined.

We provide a discounted scheme (currently £15 per dog and carried out at our kennels).
Please contact the Environmental Protection team for further information by phoning: 01623 457345 or by emailing: admin.support@ashfield.gov.uk