Lost and found dogs


If you have not had your dog microchipped, you could face a fine of up to £500.

Dog breeders must ensure that puppies are microchipped and registered on the database by the time they are eight weeks old and before they are sold.

A microchip is the most effective way of ensuring lost or stolen dogs get reunited with their family. The dog owner’s contact details are logged on a central database, so should the dog ever go missing or be stolen it can be scanned by the authorities and returned to their owner swiftly and safely.

Collars and tags

All dogs should wear a collar and tag which includes their name, address and a telephone number when out in a public place.

If your dog is picked up in public without a collar and tag you may be liable for prosecution under the Control of Dogs Order 1992.

If you find a dog

By law you must return a found stray dog to its owner, you can do this by:

  • Checking to see if the dog is wearing any form of identification that will enable you to return him directly to his owner
  • If the dog doesn’t have a tag, call 07512 089777 straight away; someone will arrange to collect the dog from you, after investigating ownership.

Failing to hand in a stray dog may make you liable to allegations of theft.

If your dog has been stolen

  • Contact the police to report the theft 
  • Or contact the Community Wardens, as it may be picked up as a stray

If your car is stolen with your dog inside it, make sure you contact the Community Wardens with details of your dog.

If you have lost your dog

Contact the Community Wardens on 07884 492324, they are statutory responsible for stray dogs and most likely to have picked them up or know their whereabouts.

If your dog has been found and collected as a stray

The wardens will contact you if we can identify you as the owner of the dog.

We will return your dog to you at a specified location. There will be fees payable.

We legally hold onto a stray dog for seven days before we can rehome them, pass them onto a rehoming organisation, or have them put down.