Call 01636 650000 to report lost or stray dogs

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Microchipping of dogs

It is compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England to be fitted with a microchip.

This will help you get your dog back should it be lost or stolen.

Dogs need to be microchipped and registered with their keepers' contact details. All keepers, including breeders, must keep these details up to date.

It is an offence not to comply, and a more serious offence to ignore a notice issued by the police or local authority requiring that a dog be microchipped within 21 days.

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Stray dogs

The district council is responsible for collecting stray dogs.

The law classes a dog found in a public place without supervision as a stray. Dog wardens pick up strays and owners are liable to pay a charge for the dog's return.

All dogs need a collar and tag

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 requires a dog to wear a collar and tag, giving the name and address of the owner, when out in a public place.

In most cases, it is expected that this will enable the owner to be identified with relative ease. Failure to comply with this direction is an offence under the Animal Health Act 1981 and such dogs may be seized, even if a person is in charge of such a dog.

Remember, even if the dog is chipped, a finder cannot identify the owner if it is not wearing a collar and tag with the owners contact details, preferably including a current telephone number.

How to report a stray dog

If you find a stray dog between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Thursday or between 8.30am and 4pm on Friday ring customer services on 01636 650000 to arrange for a dog warden to collect it from you.

Out of hours

Outside of these hours; if possible hold onto the dog until you can contact a dog warden on the next working day.

Alternatively you can take the dog to the Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels.

To do this call  01636 650000 and you will hear a recorded message - by selecting option 7 you will be redirected to an operator who will take your details and details of the dog and where it was found. The Operator will then contact the kennels to inform them you will be taking a dog to them. You will be provided with a mobile phone number to ring when you are nearly there to arrange access. 

Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels
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Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels can accept stray dogs between the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday 4.30-10pm (notify LRK before 9.30pm)
  • Saturday 9am-10pm (notify LRK before 9.30pm)
  • Sunday 9am-5pm (notify LRK before 4.30pm)
  • Bank holidays 9am-5pm (notify LRK before 4.30pm)

If unclaimed after seven days we try to find the dog a new home, with a new owner through Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels

Missing dogs

You can report missing dogs to us by calling 01636 650000 or by filling in our online lost dogs form

Before calling please have the following details ready:

  • breed
  • age
  • sex
  • name of the dog
  • whether it was wearing a collar and ID and the colour of the collar
  • whether it is chipped and the contact details
  • a description of the dog including any distinguishing marks
  • when and where the dog was lost

Other organisations that may have your dog include:

Widen your search:

  • Contact all local vets
  • Share your dog's photo on social media with a contact number
  • Contact your local radio stations and local newspapers - they will often help with appeals
  • Put up posters near to where you lost your dog - good locations include shops, schools and libraries
  • Ask at your local police station
  • Contact Petlog the UK's database for microchipped pets on 01296 336 579
  • Register your dog’s details at 

Always fit a collar and identification tag to your dog and make sure it has your name and address on it and preferably a current telephone number.

Stray dog fees

Stray Dog Fees 2016 to 2017


Government fee

Local Authority charge

and kennelling costs.


Initial seizing and handling charge of £75
+ £8 per day food, water and kennel costs.

1 day £83
2 days £91
3 days £99
4 days  £107
5 days £115
6 days £123
7 days £131

Contact us

Newark and Sherwood District Council
Kelham Hall
NG23 5QX


01636 650000

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