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.

All dogs need a microchip

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.

We work with local partners including the Police and the RSPCA to investigate cases where dogs are not microchipped and we issue 21 days notices to owners who have not chipped their dogs. Currently the holding kennels in Worksop will microchip all found dogs before they are returned to owners. 

Missing Dogs

If you have lost a dog, we may be able to locate it. Please telephone our customer services team on 01636 650000.

All dogs found by our dog warden or handed into him by the public are scanned for a microchip and the registered owner contacted wherever possible.

If the warden cannot trace the owner from the microchip details, or if the owner is not contactable by phone, the warden will not be able to return the dog directly to the owner but will take the dog to our holding kennels for collection.

Carlton Forest Rescue Kennels
Glebe House, Blyth Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0TP
Telephone: 01909 731792
Mobile: 07811 117067

The first time that a dog is collected by the dog warden, they will attempt to return the dog, providing that it is carrying an identity tag and/or a microchip and the owner can be contacted easily by phone. If the warden has been unable to make contact with the owner within a reasonable period of time they will use their discretion and take the dog to the rescue kennels, where it will stay for 7 days.

After 7 days the kennels will seek to rehome the dog.

What if the dog warden has not got my dog?

You can also try contacting the following organisations:-

Widen your search:

  • Contact 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
  • Contact Petlog the UK's database for microchipped pets on 01296 336 579
  • Register your dog’s details at 

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.

If you find a stray dog, under the law, you MUST report it to us.

We can then come out and scan the dog to see whether it is chipped and, wherever possible, we will try to reunite it with its owners. If the dog is not chipped it will be taken to the holding kennels for safe keeping.

Stray dogs will be held at the kennels for 7 days to allow the owner to come forward and reclaim the pet. If this does not happen, the animal will be put up for rehoming by the kennels.

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 Carlton Forest Rescue Kennels.

Carlton Forest Rescue Kennels
Glebe House, Blyth Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0TP
Telephone: 01909 731792
Mobile: 07811 117067

Please telephone the kennels before calling, so that staff can be available to accept the dog. You will also need to take proof of your address with you.

Fees for claiming your dog back

The fees include a Government fee, district council 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
  • 3days £99
  • 4 days £107
  • 5 days £115
  • 6 days £123
  • 7 days £131

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    Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm

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    Great North Road
    NG24 1BY

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