Lost and found dogs

If you have lost or found a dog, report it to us as soon as possible:

Stray dogs

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 kennels. 

You can collect your dog from kennels between 7.30am – 10.30am  and 4.30pm – 5.45pm Monday to Sunday, including Bank holidays. 

Costs are:

  • £67 for the first day the dog is in the kennel 
  • £11 for every extra day.

Dogs are kept 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.

Lost dogs

If you have lost your dog, there are several things you can do:

  • Report your lost dog to us.
  • Contact our contact centre on 01282 661661 between 9.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday
  • 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 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 our responsibility
  • Back to the Dogs homepage