Online forms: Report a stray or lost dog

The Council has a duty to seize stray dogs.

Stray dogs will usually be put in kennels whilst we try to locate the owner, although the dog can stay with you if you wish.

You might be able to 'adopt' a stray dog if its owner can't be traced or they don’t claim the dog. However, legal ownership is never transferred to you and so the original owner could claim their dog back at any time, even if you’ve had the dog for several months or years.

If you do want to keep the dog, you must do so for at least 30 days unless the dog is claimed by the owner in that time.

If you would like to report that you have seen a stray dog in the area or would like to report your dog as lost or would like us to check for any reports of a missing dog, please complete the online form.