Lost/Stray Dog

What do I do if I find a stray dog?

Provisions of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 place all responsibility for stray dogs onto the Local Authority. Any dog found wandering alone in a public place is classed as a stray and will be dealt with by the Dog Warden under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Police do not hold records or take reports from the public regarding strays.  

If you have found a stray dog, then by law you must report it to the Council.

If possible, secure the dog in a safe location and then contact the Council using one of the contact numbers listed at the bottom of this page.

The dog owner then has 7 days to reclaim their dog, Any dogs unclaimed after the seventh day will be taken to Wood Green Animal Shelter for rehoming, and the original owner will no longer have any claim to the dog.

I've lost my dog! What should I do?

Ring the Council offices to see if your dog has been handed in, or complete our online report form below. The Council will require a good description of your dog and your name and address. Details will then be matched with reported strays.

It is also worth ringing around local vets and animal shelters, to see if your dog has been handed directly to them.  You can contact Wood Green Animal Shelter on 0300 303 9333.

Check your local area, including the route you normally walk your dog along.

If you live near the East Cambridgeshire border, ring the neighbouring council’s dog wardens in case your dog has been picked up in a different district.

Call the micro chipping company to report the dog as lost/stolen; don’t forget to update them if/when you find your dog.

Stray dog fines

The council is entitled to charge all expenses reasonably incurred, which includes one or more of the following:

  • Statutory fee: £25
  • Stray Dog Collection: £50
  • Administration fee: £10.
  • Kennelling charges (per day): £16.20
  • Transfer to Wood Green Animal Shelter (if applicable): £40

You will not be entitled to get your dog back unless you pay the appropriate charge first and you will be expected to collect your dog from the kennels.  Details and directions of the holding kennels will be given once full payment has been made.

Contact Telephone Numbers

Dog Warden (Council Offices): 01353-665555
Council Offices (Outside normal office hours): 07710-978900