Upon catching a dog, we will try to contact the owner if the address or telephone number is known. Ownership may be identified by a collar with tag, or by microchip. If the dog is returned to its owner within half an hour of collection, or any additional time as deemed appropriate by the Dog Warden Service (before we have taken the dog to the kennels), the charge will be £44.56, as long as it’s the first time the dog has strayed.
If the owner cannot be contacted or is not at home, the dog will be taken to the council's kennelling facility and there will be further fees for the dog's return. The full range of fees are as follows:
|No. of days occupancy in kennels*
|Stray dog fees
|Returned to owner without kennelling
|One day kennelling
|Two days kennelling
|Three days kennelling
|Four days kennelling
|Five days kennelling
|Six days kennelling
|Seven days kennelling
|Out of hours collection fee
|Discretionary handling fee**
|* All charges include the £25.75 statutory fee
** A discretionary handling fee may be applied where the dog has strayed before or there are other extenuating factors.
Please note that in addition to kennelling fees, there is a charge of £84.87 if the dog is collected out-of-hours. If the captured dog is to be returned to its owner out of hours, the total fee will be £84.87 which must be paid to our stray dog contractor before the dog can be returned. This can only be done if the dog’s microchip details are up to date. In this situation owners will need to make immediate arrangements to receive the dog. There is also an additional charge of £29.71 if the dog has strayed before.
If a stray dog isn’t claimed within seven days, the dog's ownership defaults to the council who may then take steps to rehome the dog. If a dog is not reclaimed after seven days it is usually rehomed by a dog rescue centre, but not in the area near to where the dog was originally found.
Dogs will be assessed, have their new home checked, and will be neutered to prevent further unwanted litters. Dogs are not put to sleep unless they are suffering from severe illness or are too dangerous to rehome.