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Lost and Stray Dogs

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What happens to lost and found dogs.
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The Council holds a register of lost or found dogs.

During normal working hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Friday: 9.00am to 4.45pm

Phone: (01492) 575222.

Outside of office hours 

If you have lost your dog outside of normal office hours, you should phone the Council's out of hours service on: 0300 123 3079.

Nant y Corn Kennels

You can also contact our appointed kennels at Nant y Corn, St. George, Abergele direct to see if your dog has been taken to them.

  • Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 4.30pm
  • Saturday: 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • Sunday: closed

Contact Nant y Corn

Phone: (01745) 824646

Nant Y Corn
St George Road
LL22 9BN

Website: http://www.nantycorn.com

Dog Control Fees 2019/ 2020

When claiming your dog, please note that you will have to pay a fee to cover the collection and detention costs involved in looking after your dog during the time it was straying. This fee includes a Prescribed Statutory Amount (set by Government), costs incurred by the authority in providing a stray dog service and a daily kennelling charge.

Statutory Fee (including collection)  £75
Daily Kenneling Fee £10
Day 1 £85.00
Day 2 £95.00
Day 3 £105.00
Day 4 £115.00
Day 5 £125.00
Day 6 £135.00
Day 7 £145.00
Day 8 £155.00
Out of Hours fee £25.00

Any necessary veterinary fees will be charged in addition to the above. There will also be an extra £25 incurred if the dog is taken into kennels out of hours.

Failure to have a dog collar

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 specifies that every dog while on a highway or in a public place shall wear a collar and identity tag with the name and address of the owner attached. If your dog has a collar and tag every attempt will be made to return the dog home without the necessity of it having to go into kennels and incurring charges.

Failure to have a collar and tag on your dog without reasonable excuse is an offence, and this may result in legal proceedings being taken against you. If found guilty, you could be liable to a fine of up to £5000.

The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015

What does the law say?

All dog owners in England, Scotland and Wales have until 6 April 2016 to have their dog microchipped and to register them with a government compliant microchip database.

Therefore from this date it will be compulsory for a dog to be microchipped and all details kept up to date with an approved database provider

A dog owner, by this date must therefore ensure:

  • Their dog is microchipped and registered with an approved microchip database
  • Puppies must be microchipped and registered with an approved microchip database before 8 weeks old
  • Puppy buyers must ensure a breeder has microchipped the dog and registered with an approved microchip database before taking the dog home with proof supplied by way of the paperwork that the dog they intend to buy is microchipped and registered or they risk enforcement action if the dog is later found to not be microchipped
  • Their dog is microchipped by a veterinary professional or an implanter who has received government approved training

After a dog is microchipped and registered on a microchip database there is still an ongoing responsibility as a dog owner to:

  • Update any change of details with the microchip database
  • Make sure a dog wears an identification collar tag with your current contact details written on it. The Control of Dogs Order 1992 advises that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, your telephone number is optional.

Dog owners need to be aware:

  • Anyone who does not have their dog microchipped after 6 April 2016 will have 21 days to have the dog microchipped, and failure to do so may result in a fine
  • Under the new regulations it is also a requirement that the records must be kept up to date and failure to do so could lead to enforcement action resulting in a fine for non-compliance proeedings being taken against you. If found guilty, you could be liable to a fine of up to £5000.

Dogs which are seized by an Officer of the Council

Stray dogs

A stray dog is one that is without its owner and in a public place (or a private place where it's not allowed).

If you find a stray dog you should:

  • See if the dog is wearing a tag and if so contact the owner.
  • Contact your council

Anyone finding a stray dog should contact us direct during office hours on: (01492) 575222.

The council officer will where possible try and reunite the dog with it’s owner. Where it is not possible to return the dog to its owners, the dog will be taken to our appointed kennels at Nant y Corn, St. George, Abergele. The dog will be kept at the kennel for a minimum of seven days. If the dog is not collected within this period then the dog will be re-homed, or, on rare occasions depending on the circumstances, put to sleep. 

Outside of office hours

If you find a stray dog outside of office hours you should call us on: 0300 123 3079, where callers will be offered one of the following two options:

  1. At certain times and by prior arrangement only through the out of hours service the dog(s) can be taken where possible by the finder to our appointed kennels at Nant y Corn, St. George, Abergele.
  2. Alternatively the finder may be asked to hold onto the dog where possible until the next working day for collection by a Council officer.

Please DO NOT contact or take a stray dog to the kennels without first contacting the out of hour’s service as you will be turned away.

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