Lost and found dogs
If you have lost or found a dog, report it to us on 01282 661661 (or 01282 661999 if outside normal working hours) as soon as possible.
If a dog is out in a public place unattended, it is considered to be stray - even if it is wearing a collar or is microchipped.
Stray dogs can cause road accidents, attack people or animals, foul and cause a general nuisance to local residents.
If you find a dog you are legally required to report it to us. If you don't, you could be fined up to £500 and be open to allegations of theft.
Once a dog has been reported, we will send an officer as soon as possible to collect the dog and take it to safety.
Stray dogs are taken to our stray kennels at Aspen Valley, Oswaldtwistle. Owners can get their dogs back but they have to pay. Costs are:
- £48 first day charge (this includes a £36 statutory fee)
- £8.50 per day or part day kennelling charge (from the second day onwards)
- Costs for any veterinary treatment received by your dog
Dogs are kept at the kennels for seven full days to allow owners time to claim them. If they are not claimed, the dogs are put up for re-homing. In a few cases, health or temperament issues mean they are destroyed.
If you have lost your dog, there are several things you can do:
- Phone us on 01282 661743 as soon as possible to report your dog as lost
- If you're calling out of hours, phone 01282 661999. You need to give us the date, time, area and description of your dog
- Contact our stray kennels between 10 - 4 on 01254 233702 to see if your dog has been taken there. Pictures of stray dogs that are in the kennels are posted on the Aspen Valley Kennels website
- Contact vets in the local area in case your dog has been taken there
- If you live near the border of Pendle, it might be worth ringing the Dog Warden for the neighbouring authority in case it was collected by them and not us
- Report your dog as lost to the police. Dogs are classed as property. If you report it to the police, they will keep a record and contact you if it is found. The police do not have a responsibility to take in stray dogs - this is now our responsibility
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