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Our Dog Control Officer will respond to and collect any dog that has been found straying and has been captured.

Stray Dog 2018 - PlatinumStray Dog 2018 - GOLDStrays on private land can also be captured, with the landowners consent.

Under the Government's Control of Dogs Order 1992 all dogs in a public place are  legally required to wear a collar and tag giving the name and address of the owner. It is an offence for your dog to be without this identification. From 6 April 2016 it became law that all dogs are required to be microchippped.

Dogs found without adequate identification, or which have strayed, will be taken to our contractors kennels, and kept there for the statutory 7 day period. If unclaimed they will be made available for re-homing.

Before the dog can be reclaimed by its owner, a fine, daily boarding charges and any veterinary fees incurred must be paid.

We do not accept stray or lost dogs at the Council offices. Our contractor Animal Care Services will have to be contacted to make arrangements for the dog to be collected.

If you want to report a stray or lost dog during office hours telephone 01530 454545. During office hours - Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

Out of office hours – Monday to Friday

Our contractor provides an out of hour’s collection service from Monday to Friday 5pm to 9pm for stray dogs that have been reported and are in the possession of the finder. To contact Animal Care Services call 0116 269 6177.

Out of office hours – Saturday and Sunday

A stray dog collection service is not available on a Saturday or Sunday. If you find a stray dog at the weekend you can report it by telephone on 01530 454545 and arrangements will be made to collect the dog on Monday. If whatever reason you are unable to hold onto the dog until Monday, please call 0116 269 6177 and the dog will be collected..

To access this service please telephone 01530 454545, and your request for service will be logged and our contractor will be notified.

Reclaiming your dog from the kennel

Please Call Animal Care Sevices: 0116 269 6177

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 12 noon.

Before the dog can be reclaimed by its owner, a fine, daily boarding charges and any veterinary fees incurred must be paid. Call 0116 269 6177 for more information. 

By working with Animal Care Services, we are able to provide a cost-effective service, backed by the resources and experience of one of the areas best-known kennels.

We have a common goal, to encourage all dog owners to be responsible about looking after their pets, and to make sure animals (and people) are not put at risk.

Last updated: Tue 31 August, 2021 @ 11:47