Stray dogs and dog theft
If you have found and are holding a stray dog during the hours of 8:45am-4pm Monday to Thursday or 8:45am-3:30pm on Friday we will arrange for it to be picked up.
Contact environmental health or phone 0300 100 1800 and provide the following information:
- when you caught the dog
- where it was found
- a description of the dog including breed, size and colour
- any details on its collar or tag
- owner's name and address, if known
- the address where currently being held
Anyone who finds a stray dog outwith these hours, on public holidays or at weekends should contact the nearest police station.
To check if your dog has been found
If we are currently holding your dog, contact our environmental health team or phone 0300 100 1800 for details on how to claim your dog.
- Monday - Thursday: 8:45am-4pm
- Friday: 8:45am-3:30pm
Check our Flickr page for details of stray dogs currently being held. If we have not picked up your dog, contact your local police station.
What happens to stray dogs
Stray dogs will be taken to our holding kennels and kept for 7 days. During this time the owner can contact us to reclaim their dog which will be returned to the home address once a claiming fee of £120 is paid.
Stray dogs not reclaimed within the 7 day period will be transferred to a rehoming centre for full assessment and suitable home checks to be carried out before rehoming is undertaken.
Incidences of dog theft have been increasing over the past few years, with the home and garden being the top locations for pet theft. See Dogs Trust website for tips on keeping your pet safe.