Stray and Lost Dogs
Office hours (Mon-Fri, 08:30-17:30)
If the dog has a form of identification then, if possible, please return it directly to the owner.
If you see a stray dog or have contained it and you can't find the owner please contact the Dog Control Service: 01494 586503.
Outside of office hours
A dog warden is available outside of normal office hours to deal with contained stray dogs only. Please contact the Dog Control Service: 01494 586519.
1) Search the local area and ask neighbours
2) Contact local vets
3) Check our website - check to see if we have picked up your dog by Lost dogs UK
By law all dogs must wear a collar with the owner's name and address inscribed on it. From April 2016, it will also be a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. Contact your local vet for information.
Reclaiming your pet
If we have your pet you can reclaim it by calling 01494 586503 (during office hours) or 01494 586519 (outside office hours)
You will need to provide proof of residential address (e.g. utility bill) and ownership (e.g. kennel club registration, family pet photo, vet bill). You will also be asked to pay a charge for the collection and kennelling of your dog as set out below.
If we are able to identify the owner/keeper and address, we will attempt to contact you and return your dog without the need to take it to our kennels first. Unfortunately, this service only applies if the owner/keeper of the dog lives in the Chiltern District area. If you live outside the area, then your dog will be taken to our kennels for safe keeping until you are able to pick it up. Normal kennelling fees will apply (see below).
Fees and Charges
If a dog is returned to an owner without going to kennels, then the statutory fine of £25 will be charged together with a fee of £45 for returning the dog.
If we can't find the owner the stray will be transported to our kennels and kept there for up to 7 days. Further fees and charges will apply (see table below). If your dog requires veterinary treatment, vets fees will be charged in addition to those stated in the table below.
Kennel fees (payable direct to kennels)
Collection of fees charge (payable direct to kennels)
Dog Collection Charge
If you would like your dog returned to you by our contractor, then there will be an additional charge of £75 plus VAT.
If you are on income-related benefits and you have difficulty paying, please contact the Council on 01494 732058 (during office hours).
If the dog remains unclaimed after this period it will be re-homed or in exceptional circumstances the dog will be put to sleep.