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Stray Dogs 

We have a legal duty to deal with stray dogs. 

Lost dogs

We will maintain a register of dogs reported lost.

We will provide and publicise a telephone contact point where the public can report lost dogs, and obtain advice.  Please call 020 8215 3000

Collection and seizure of stray dogs

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 Section 68 has removed the requirement of the Police to accept and seize stray dogs. This duty was transferred in full to the Council on Sunday 6 April 2008.

However, the police have retained responsibility for dangerous dogs and dogs worrying livestock. This means that you are no longer able to hand in stray dogs to the police at your local station.

  • As required by the Environmental Protection Act 1990, section 149(8), we will keep a register of seized stray dogs, which will be available for inspection by members of the public at all reasonable times
  • We will provide and publicise a telephone contact where members of the public can report stray dogs.  Please call 020 8215 3000
  • Within 2 hours of being informed during normal office hours (Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm), we will try to contact you
  • We will collect stray dogs found by members of the public, by appointment within 24 hours of being informed
  • We will investigate notifications of restrained stray dogs.  If we receive a notification during normal office hours we aim to collect between Monday to Friday, 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Whenever practicable, we will seize and detain any dog that appears to be a stray in a public place
  • Where the dog is on land or in premises that is not a public place we will seize and detain it only with the consent of the owner/occupier of the land or premises

Sick and or injured dogs

We will provide any sick or injured stray dog, which we seize, with appropriate veterinary treatment to prevent unnecessary suffering. If the animal is returned to the owner, they will be charged the full cost of treatment. 

Return of seized dogs to their owners

  • We will make all reasonable enquiries to locate the owners of seized dogs. This will include checking for details on any collar and checking whether the animal is already micro-chipped. We will notify Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, who keep a register of dogs lost and seized in the M25 area
  • Where the ownership of a seized stray dog has been found, we will notify the owners as soon as possible, usually by telephone, of the dog's whereabouts
  • Where the owner of a seized dog can be identified, we will serve a notice on that person, within 24 hours, as required by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 149(4). This will detail where the dog is being kept, and explain that if it is not claimed within 7 days, it will be disposed of
  • If the finder of a stray wishes to keep the dog we will make appropriate enquiries to ensure that the finder is a suitable person to keep the dog and will keep a record as specified by the Environmental Protection (Stray Dogs) Regulations 1992. This will include assessing the living accommodation for space, the composition of the family and their lifestyle, and any other animals. We will check for any information indicating that the finder has been an irresponsible dog owner in the past.  If you wish to adopt a dog please contact Battersea Dogs home or call our Call Centre on 020 8215 3000, and a dog warden will contact you to discuss.
  • We will inform finders keeping stray dogs of their obligations as specified by the Environmental Protection (Stray Dogs) Regulations 1992, verbally and in writing
  • Seized dogs will only be returned to their owners after payment of appropriate fees and charges. Cheques will only be accepted with a valid cheque guarantee card

 Council - collection 
 retrieval of stray dog
 Council - statutory admin fee  £26.00 
 Council - kennel rate per night  £26.00 per night 
 Micro chip implants - implant and
registration with national pet register per animal (inc VAT)

Detention of stray dogs

  • We will detain stray dogs for 7 clear days, either from the date of seizure or from the date of the service of Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.149 (4), whichever is the later. During the 7 day period the dog may be kept either at our kennels in Dagenham or at kennels in Chingford. During this time the dog will be available for collection by its owner
  • A dog may be destroyed, before the expiration of the 7-day period, if in the opinion of the officer and a veterinary surgeon this should be done to avoid suffering
  • During the detention period we will ensure that detained dogs are properly fed and maintained

Disposal of stray dogs

  • If, after the 7-day period, a stray dog has not been collected by its owner, we will dispose of the dog by:
    • Selling it or giving it to a person who will, in our opinion, care properly for the dog
    • Putting the dog to sleep
  • Whenever possible we will give uncollected stray dogs the opportunity to be found a new home
  • Where a dog has been disposed of, the ownership of the dog shall be vested in the recipient.

Related legislation

When dealing with stray dogs we will take into account the relevant provisions of:

  • The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
  • The Control of Dogs Order 1992
  • The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996
  • The Protection of Animals Act 1911
  • The Abandonment of Animals Act 1960

Feedback and complaint

We value feedback about our services 

We will provide opportunities for clients to tell us if they are satisfied with the service they have received from us. 

If a client wishes to complain about an aspect of our service that we cannot resolve, we will provide an opportunity to confirm the complaint in writing and have it investigated by a senior officer. 



Barking and Dagenham Direct

C/o Civic Centre


RM10 7BN


Phone: 020 8215 3000

Email: 3000direct@lbbd.gov.uk