Many people think of a stray dog as one that doesn't have a home but actually any dog that is roaming freely and not under the control of any person, irrespective of whether it normally has a home or has identification, is a stray. All dogs must be kept under control at all times, to prevent them from being aggressive, fouling or barking unnecessarily.
We have two Dog and Animal Wardens who pick up stray dogs, and also provide advice to dog owners on dog control issues.
Should a dog be picked up straying, provided that it is wearing a collar and tag or has been identi-chipped, on the first occasion it will be returned to its owner for the nominal returned dog fee of £25.00. If a dog is picked up on a second or subsequent time, then it is seized and taken to the kennels. The owner is notified and must pay the penalty fees, transport fee and kennel costs before they can reclaim their dog.
Where it is not possible to identify the owner of a straying dog, because it is not wearing a collar and tag and is not identi-chipped, then the dog is taken straight to the kennels where it is kept for seven clear days or until the owner comes forward to claim the dog.
After seven clear days have elapsed, if the dog has not been claimed by its owner, the dog is passed to the kennels who take legal possession of the dog and re-home it.
Sedgemoor District Council makes every effort not to put unclaimed stray dogs to sleep. A dog would only be put to sleep on veterinary advice to relieve suffering or if the dog were vicious.
For stray animals other than dogs please visit the RSPCA website.
It is a stressful time if you have lost your dog and we will do our best to relocate it for you. If you have lost your dog call the Dog warden Service and they will check to see if it has been reported or picked up. We will take your details so we can contact you if we receive a report related to your dog.
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You can report a lost dog by filling out a Report a lost or found dog form or by telephoning us on 0300 303 7806 during office hours. If you wish to report a lost dog after 5:00pm, please telephone 0800 917 6520.
If you have found a dog you can arrange for the dog wardens to come and collect the dog. If you find the dog out of normal office hours and you feel you are able to keep the dog in a safe place and look after it until the next working day, please let the out of hours team know.
You can report a found dog by filling out a Report a lost or found dog form or by telephoning us on 0300 303 7806 during office hours. If you wish to report a found dog after 5:00pm, please telephone the out of hours team on 0800 917 6520.