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What to do if you find a stray dog

Reclaiming a stray dog

If your dog is taken in as a stray and removed to the dog pound, you will need to pay costs. A charge of £25, plus additional costs incurred, will depend on the following:

  • The number of 24-hour periods the dog remains in the pound before being reclaimed
  • Whether this is the first incident, the second or subsequent occurrence in a period of 12 months
  • In the case of the first incident, whether the dog has been correctly tagged and micro-chipped

Stray dog fees

Number of days Directly returned to owner Returned to owner in 24 hours (dog taken to pound) Returned to the owner (2 nights at the pound) Returned to the owner (3 nights at the pound) Returned to the owner (4 nights at the pound) Returned to the owner (5 nights at the pound) Returned to the owner (6 nights at the pound)
Statutory charge £25 £25 £25 £25 £25 £25 £25
Additional recovery cost (correct tag or chip data on dog). Single incident. NIL £12 £27 £42 £57 £72 £87
Total £25 £37 £52 £67 £82 £97 £112
Additional recovery cost (no tag or chip or incorrect data on dog). Single incident. £25 £37 £52 £67 £82 £97 £112
Total £50 £62 £77 £92 £107 £122 £137
Additional recovery cost
(second incident in 12 months, identifiable or otherwise).
£50 £72 £87 £102 £107 £132 £147
Total £75 £97 £112 £127 £142 £157 £172
Additional recovery cost
(more than 2 incidents in 12 months, identifiable or otherwise).
£100 £112 £127 £142 £142 £172 £197
Total £125 £137 £152 £167 £182 £197 £212

Please note: Proof of ownership will be required before a dog can be released.

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