Stray Dog Warden Service
A stray dog is deemed to be one that is without its owner in a public place (or a private place where it's not had permission to be).
If you find a stray dog you should:
- Check to see if the dog is wearing a collar/ tag and if so contact the owner.
- If not then contact your Council.
Anyone finding a stray dog should contact us:
- Report lost or stray dogs online
- During normal office hours (8.30am – 5.30pm) on: 01978 298989
- Out of hours service (5.30pm – 10pm weekdays), (Weekends and Bank holidays 8.30am – 10pm) on: 01978 292055
During normal working hours the Dog Warden Service will collect the dog from you provided we can be satisfied that the dog is not your own. During our out-of-hours service we operate a collection service until 10pm in the evening and after this time a reception service will be offered.
All dogs are taken to the councils contracted kennels after all reasonable efforts have been made to contact the owner and return the dog home after it has strayed for the first time. Note this does not apply to dogs collected out of hours.
Please DO NOT contact or take a stray dog to the kennels without first contacting the dog warden service as you will be turned away.
The Council holds a register of all lost dogs which have been reported to them. To place a dog on this register contact:
- During normal working hours: (8.30am – 5.30pm) on: 01978 298989
- Outside of office hours (5.30pm – 10pm weekdays), (Weekends and Bank holidays 8.30am – 10pm) on: 01978 292055
Councils Contracted Kennels
Tel No: 01946 662931
Opening hours Monday to Sunday 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Dog Statutory Fee and Charges 2017/ 2018
When claiming your dog, please note that you will have to pay a fee to cover the collection and detention costs involved in looking after your dog during the time it was straying. This fee includes a Prescribed Statutory Amount (set by Government), costs incurred by the authority in providing a stray dog service and a daily kennelling charge.
|Statutory Fee (including collection)||£60|
|Daily Kennelling Fee||£13|
Any necessary veterinary fees will be charged in addition to the above.
The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015
What does the law say?
All dog owners in England, Scotland and Wales had until 6 April 2016 to have their dog microchipped and to register them with a government compliant microchip database.
Therefore from this date it is compulsory for a dog to be microchipped and all details kept up to date with an approved database provider.
A dog owner must ensure:
- Their dog is microchipped and registered with an approved microchip database
- Puppies are microchipped and registered with an approved microchip database before 8 weeks old
Their dog is microchipped by a veterinary professional or an implanter who has received government approved training.
Puppy buyers must ensure:
- a breeder has microchipped the dog and registered with an approved microchip database before taking the dog home with proof supplied by way of the paperwork that the dog they intend to buy is microchipped and registered or they risk enforcement action if the dog is later found to not be microchipped
After a dog is microchipped and registered on a microchip database there is still an ongoing responsibility as a dog owner to:
- Update any change of details with the microchip database
- Make sure a dog wears an identification collar tag with your current contact details written on it. The Control of Dogs Order 1992 advises that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, your telephone number is optional.
Dog owners need to be aware:
- Anyone who is found not to have had their dog microchipped after 6 April 2016 will have a warning served and will have 21 days to have the dog microchipped.Failure to do so may result in prosecution and a court fine
- Under the new regulations it is also a requirement that the records must be kept up to date and failure to do so could lead to enforcement action resulting in a fine for non-compliance proceedings being taken against you. If found guilty, you could be liable to a fine of up to £5000.
Failure to have a dog collar
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 specifies that every dog while on a highway or in a public place shall wear a collar and identity tag with the name and address of the owner attached. If your dog has a collar and tag every attempt will be made to return the dog home without the necessity of it having to go into kennels and incurring charges.
Failure to have a collar and tag on your dog without reasonable excuse is an offence , and this may result in legal proceedings.
The Dog Warden Service does not deal with dangerous dogs please contact the Police on 101.
The RSPCA deals with any cruelty/welfare issues they can be contacted on 0300 1234 999 or accessed through their website at www.rspca.org.uk