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It is an offence to let a dog stray, or roam in public places unaccompanied.
A stray dog is one that is on its own in a public place. We regularly patrol the city and if we see a stray dog we will stop to collect it.
By law, you must do one of the following:
*If you would like to keep the dog, you must contact the Dog Control Team 01772 906907 who will explain the legal procedure for doing this (not following legal procedure is an offence).
Once collected, the stray dog is taken to our kennels. We then check the dog’s collar and scan for a micro-chip to try and trace the owners details. If these are found, we will try to contact the owner to collect their dog.
We also give dogs a quick health check and treat any minor injuries. Dogs with serious health concerns will be seen by a vet.
Dogs that are not claimed by their owners are re-homed after 7 clear days of being impounded.
We have a non-euthanasia policy and only dogs that have serious health or behavioural problems are put to sleep.
Once a dog has been collected as a stray, you need pay the release fee to the kennels before your dog is returned.
The release fee is £116.00 (£119.00 from the 1 April 2018) and includes:
Payment can be made by card or cash at our kennels.
Please note: there is no facility for payment by instalments and there are no exceptions made.
The RSPCA CAWF award scheme celebrates good practice by rewarding those organisations exceeding basic and statutory service requirements with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards. Since 2011 we have achieved the prestigious Gold Award for it's Stray Dog service.
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