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Stray dogs

A stray dog is any dog on the loose, unsupervised on a road or designated area whether or not it has an identification tag.

What do we do with strays?


When we pick up a dog, our priority is to try to return it to its owner if his/her address is known. We may find this by a collar/tag (required by law) or micro chip. If this cannot be done, we will place the dog in our kennels. If we know the owner's address but we can't contact them, we will write to them to let them know their dog has been picked up. If we pick up a dog a second time, we may not return it direct but will place it in our kennels even if it is wearing identification. We can take action against owners of dogs which do not have a collar with identification on it.


If a dog strays and an enforcement officer is needed to collect and return it to its owner, we will charge for this. We will add an additional fee if the same dog is found straying, leading to seizure, more than once in a three month period. If we impound a dog, all charges must be paid. This might include vets' fees, the statutory fee and a daily kennelling charge. You can see our fees and charges.  Any dog not claimed within seven days will be found a new home. We will charge £25 for any private home check visits made if we re-home a dog. The police no longer accept or board stray dogs taken to them by members of the public. You can see a register of dogs we have collected.

Who should I contact if I find a dog?

During office hours

Please phone our dog control officer on 01329 236100. We only deal with dogs found in the Borough. If you find a dog outside here, phone the dog warden for that area.

Out of office hours

Our out of hours service to collect stray dogs is between 17:15 - 22:00 hours Monday to Friday and 09:00 - 22:00 hours Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.  We take dogs found in the Borough. You should call 0800 374485 and leave your full contact details with the operator.

Out of hours numbers for neighbouring Councils

Winchester        01962 865407

Gosport                07831 154145

Portsmouth          02392 834167

Eastleigh              02380 233344

Who should you contact if you have lost a dog?


If your dog is lost you should report it immediately to us during office hours on 01329 236100 or out of office hours on 0800 374485 and leave your full contact details. After 2200 hours you will not be able to access this service and you will be asked to contact 0800 374485 after 0900 the next day on a weekend or a Bank Holiday or to contact our dog control officer on 01329 236100 if the next day is a working day. If we collect your dog outside office hours and have to impound it we may not be able to return it until the next working day.

What if you think your dog has been stolen?

You should report your stolen dog to the police as well as to our dog control officer and get a crime number. Our dog control officer will give you advice on any other things you should do. You can see more information on stolen dogs at External Hyperlink.

Further Information

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For further details about dogs please email or telephone 01329 236100.


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