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

Dog owners 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.

What to do if you find a stray dog between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday

If you find a dog within the borough of Dudley 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 8.30am and 5.00pm)are taken to:

The City Dogs' Home
Brookhouse Lane


Tel: 01782 304130

What to do if you find a stray dog outside of normal office hours

If you find a stray dog outside normal office hours, please call 0300 555 8283 and the operator will advice you what to do.

Please do not take the dog to the Police Stations in the Borough as the Police no longer have the responsibility to take such dogs.

Injured or Mistreated Strays

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

The Council is not responsible for:

  • dogs of people taken into hospital or care

  • Dogs belonging to prisoners

  • re-homing unwanted dogs

  • dogs of evicted tenants.

Dangerous dog incidents

The Police have the responsibility to deal with dangerous dogs. Please contact West Midlands Police Tel: 0345 113 5000)

Collecting your lost dog from the kennels

On collection of your dog from the kennels you will be required to pay all kennelling and veterinary costs along with a fine of £30.00 together with the statutory £25 fee payable on collection Should your dog not be micro-chipped you will also be required to have a micro-chip inserted into your dog before it is released to you, at an additional 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.

Unwanted pets

If you are no longer able to care for your dog you should contact a rescue organisation.

If you have any other unwanted pets (cats, reptiles, etc) you should contact

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