Stray Dogs

Lost and Found (stray) Dogs 

The Council can help you if you have lost your dog.


Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 any dog found in a public place and not under the control of the owner is considered to be a stray dog.  It is important to note that all dogs must by law wear a collar and identity tag in public.


Officers from the Environmental Improvement Team will pick up secured stray dogs from members of the public who have captured them and will attempt to capture dogs reported as straying.   If a stray dog with a form of viable identification is picked up our officers will attempt to drop the dog off with the owner – a statutory fee of £25 will be collected in these circumstances.  If a stray dog is captured without proper identification it will be taken that day to our Kennels. 


What do I do if I find a stray dog or want to report the sighting of a stray dog? 

If, during office hours, you wish to report a straying dog, or you have captured a stray dog please contact the Council.  One of our officers will call to collect the dog from you and then take the dog to our contracted kennels or if the dog is straying attempt to capture it.


If you have captured a stray dog on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday, you can take the dog to our kennels at the following address:-


Pawprints Dunsmore Kennels, Fosse Way, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 0RL. 


The kennels are open to receive strays collected within Daventry area from 9am to 1pm and then 2pm until 5.30pm on Saturdays and from 10am to 1pm on Sundays and bank holidays.  Pawprints Dunsmore Kennels can be contacted on 024 7654 2566.   

If you have captured a stray dog during the evening or at a time when Pawprints Dunsmore Kennels is not open for business we would advise you to keep the dog overnight and then either contact the kennels or on the next working day contact the Council who will arrange to collect the dog from you.  Please ensure that you do not put yourself at risk of being bitten or attacked by the dog if you are prepared to secure a dog overnight.


What do I do to reclaim a lost dog? 

The owner must contact the Council and see if the Register of stray dogs includes a dog that fits the description of the lost dog.  To reclaim a dog from our kennels the owner will be required to visit the Council offices and pay a release fee which covers the costs of kennelling the dog and any vets or administrative fees.  In exchange for this fee the owner will be provided with a receipt, which they can take to our kennels to reclaim their dog.  For further information on these charges visit West Northamptonshire Council fees and charges page. 


Please note, if you turn up at the kennels on a weekday without a receipt the kennels will not allow you to reclaim your dog.  However, on Saturdays and Sundays the kennels are prepared to accept the release fee on site without a receipt from the Council providing the appropriate proof is provided that the dog being claimed is the owner’s dog.  If you have lost a dog on a weekend or a bank holiday the contact details for our kennels is 024 7654 2566. 


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.  The telephone numbers for nearby and neighbouring council areas are listed below:


Rugby Borough Council 01788 533533

Harborough District Council  01858 82 82 82

North Northamptonshire Council 0300 126 3000


Other useful numbers 

Petsearch UK 0121 743 4133

Pet Hunters 0845 838 5423

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) 0300 1234 999

Forest Lodge Kennels (local kennels that accepts strays from the public) 01604 862239


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