Stray and lost dogs
If you find a stray dog you must under the law:
- return the dog to its owner
- contact us to let us know you have found a stray dog
If the finder fails to take one of these courses of action, they have committed an offence. This could lead, upon conviction, to a fine.
If you find a dog that you think is a stray there are a number of things you can do.
- Make sure that it does not get harmed or cause harm to others
- If the dog is wearing any identification, contact the owner to let them know you have found their dog. Some vets will scan a stray dog to see if it is microchipped. If it is microchipped the vet will try to contact the owner. You could try this as long as you are happy to transport the dog
- If the dog has no identification or you cannot contact the owner contact us straight away. It is likely that there is a worried owner looking for their dog
- If the dog is running loose secure it somewhere, if you can, where it can be collected. We cannot collect roaming dogs
- Call 0300 126 7000. It must be noted that an officer is not on 24 hour call to attend to a stray dog. Arrangements can be made with the operator for collection of the dog the next working day. You can also report a stray or lost dog online
Lost a dog
If you lose your dog on a walk, stay where you lost him and keep calling. Do not wander around as you are likely to keep missing each other. Ask any other dog walkers to let you know if they spot your dog. Battersea have some useful information on things to do if you lose your dog.
Your dog may have already been found and kennelled. If your pet is wearing the correct identification you will receive a notice that the dog has been found. This notice will be needed to pay the costs stated. Contact the local vets in case your dog has been injured and taken to them.
Collecting a stray dog
When we collect a dog it is taken to our contracted kennels, but if we can identify the owner we will try and get in contact with them first.
Dogs collected in the Northampton/South Northamptonshire area will be taken to
Dogs collected in the Daventry area will be taken to
You will be asked to provide identification and you will be asked to pay a fine, the daily cost of kennelling and any veterinary costs. You may be asked to pay any fees to the Council and/or Kennels.
Please call the kennel to arrange a suitable time for collection. Please note kennels are not open 24 hours and you may need to wait until the next day to collect your dog.
Depending on where you have lost your dog it may be worth calling some of our neighbouring councils in case one of them has collected your dog.
Last updated 23 October 2023