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Dog owners have a responsibility under the law to prevent their dogs from straying and causing injury or damage to their local neighbourhood.

They are legally required to ensure their dog wears a collar and tag with the name and address of the owner. Stray dogs can harm themselves, other animals and people, cause accidents and damage which the owner may have to pay for, foul pavements and public areas.

I have found a dog

If you find a dog within the Dudley borough between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, please contact us on 0300 555 2345. Arrangements will then be made to collect the dog.

All stray dogs picked up in the Dudley borough between the times above will be taken to:

The City Dogs Home
Brookhouse Lane
Bucknall
Stoke-on-Trent
ST2 8DN
Tel : 01782 304130

If you find a stray dog outside the office hours above, please call 0300 555 8283 and the operator will advise you further.

Please do not take the dog to your local Police Stations as the Police no longer have the responsibility to take them in.

I have lost my dog

If you lose your dog you should:

  • Contact the kennels on 01782 304130

    The City Dogs Home
    Brookhouse Lane
    Bucknall
    Stoke-on-Trent
    ST2 8DN
    Tel : 01782 304130

  • Telephone your local Veterinary Surgeries and local Animal Rescue Centres.
  • Ask neighbours and other local residents.
  • Consider putting up 'Lost Dog' posters with your pets photo on it.

Collecting your lost dog

On collection of your dog from the kennels you will be required to:

  • Pay a fine of £30, and
  • Pay a statutory £25 fee, and
  • Pay all kennelling and veterinary costs
  • If your dog is not micro-chipped you will also be required to have a micro-chip inserted into your dog before it is released to you, at a cost of £10.
  • Dogs are kennelled at the rescue centre for 7 days. If dogs are not collected by their owners they are offered for re-homing after the 7-day period.

Dogs returned by the dog warden

If your dog strays and is returned by the dog warden, you will be required to;

  • Pay a fine of £30 and
  • Pay a statutory £25 fee

The dog warden cannot accept payments, all payments must be made by debit card to the administration office of the dog warden service.

Injured or Mistreated Strays

If you find an injured or mistreated stray dog, contact the RSPCA in the first instance.

Please note, the Council are not responsible for the following:

  • Dogs of people taken into hospital or care.
  • Dogs belonging to prisoners.
  • Re-homing unwanted dogs.
  • Dogs of evicted tenants.

Dangerous Dog incidents

A dog is considered dangerous if it is out of control, injures someone or makes them worried that it may injure them. If this happens you should contact the West Midlands Police to view your options.

Unwanted pets

If you are no longer able to care for your dog you should contact Dogs Trust for advice and guidance.

If you have any other unwanted pets such as cats, reptiles, etc, you should contact the Animal Rescuers website for a list of local rescue centres.

If you abandon your dog or any other animal you are committing an offence which could result in being prosecuted.