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Stray dogs

Our responsibilities

North Devon Council has a legal duty to collect and detain stray dogs. We also have the power to dispose of the dogs if they remain unclaimed.

Our dog warden will take found dogs to authorised kennels.

Your responsibilities

The law requires that the finder of a stray dog is to:
  • return the dog to its owner; or
  • contact the local authority for the area in which the dog was found.
If the finder fails to take one of these courses of action, he will have committed an offence and would be liable, upon conviction, to a fine.

If the finder requests to keep the dog, he or she must supply the officer with:
  • their contact details
  • details of the dog.
The officer must:
  • keep a record of finder's details
  • make appropriate enquiries to determine whether the finder is a suitable person to keep the dog
  • inform the finder verbally and in writing that he is obliged to keep the dog (if unclaimed by the owner) for not less than one month and that failure to comply with that obligation is a criminal offence.

Kennelling charges

If your dog is found and we have to take it to kennels, you may be liable for fines, fees and charges, including:
  • statutory fine - £25
  • administration charge - £5 plus VAT
  • boarding (for each period of 24 hours or part there of) - £14.40 (inc of VAT)
  • any required veterinary costs, for example if the dog is injured
  • other relevant fees.

Some of these charges will also attract VAT.

Contact information

To contact the Customer Service Centre:

Telephone: 01271 388870
For Typetalk: precede with 18001
Text: 07624 804042
Fax: 01271 388451
Web form: report an incident
Web form: request a service

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