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Stray dogs

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 places a duty on councils to collect any stray dog and gives the council the power to seize any dog caught straying.

Micro chipping

Dog owners, compulsory dog micro chipping came into force 6 April 2016.

Lost dogs

If you have lost your dog, you should contact us as soon as possible:

Finding and reporting a stray dog

If you find a stray dog, please contact us as soon as possible and arrangements will be made for the dog to be collected:

You can find information on stray dogs found within Swale by visiting our Stray Dog Service on Facebook and Twitter.

Fees for claiming your pet

If your dog is found straying there are fees to pay before you can claim your pet:
Stray dog seized and returned directly to owner during office hours - £55.00.
Stray dog seized and returned directly to owner outside of office hours - £65.00.
If the dog cannot be returned to the owner directly, kennel fees incurred are - £15.00 for the first or part day, with a further £10.00 per day thereafter.
If your dog is delivered back to you following time spent in the kennel, a transport fee of £25.00 will be charged.

If your dog is found straying there are fees to pay before you can claim your pet:

• Stray dog seized and returned directly to owner during office hours - £55.00.

• Stray dog seized and returned directly to owner outside of office hours - £65.00.

• If the dog cannot be returned to the owner directly, kennel fees incurred are - £14.00 for the first or part day, with a further £14.00 per day thereafter.

• If your dog is delivered back to you following time spent in the kennel, a transport fee of £25.00 will be charged.

Be a responsible dog owner

Dog re-homing

The re-homing of dogs is a service that the Council does not provide.

Stray Dogs Register

View the register of all the stray dogs we handle in the borough.
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