Dogs stray or lost


Stray or lost dogs

If you have lost your dog within the borough we will record the details on our Register. Please let us know so that we can check if a dog that fits the description of your missing dog has been found and taken to the kennels.  If you have found a stray dog within the borough we will arrange to have the dog collected from you, please call us on 01372 732000. 

You can also report a lost dog or cat to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on 020 7627 9245.  They maintain a database of lost dogs and cats and may be able to find a match. Every stray dog that we pick up is checked for any identification tags or microchips so that we can contact the owner and arrange for the dog’s return.  The Council will charge the dog owner for the full expenses incurred for the collection and holding of the dog.  This includes a fixed fee set by the Government plus all kennelling fees incurred. The total charges have to be paid in full before a dog can be returned. This will vary according to time and journeys involved, details are available here: Stray dogs fees.

If a dog is not claimed within seven days, it is re-homed and becomes the property of the new owner.

If you have lost a dog please let us know so that we can check if a dog that fits the description of your missing dog has been found and taken to the kennels.  It is also worth contacting Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the Dog lost company via the links below in case your dog has been taken there.

To report a dog lost or found, please use our eform above.

Dog fouling

Owners should prevent their dogs fouling the highway and all designated land to which the  public have access, and should dispose of any dog waste properly, either by taking it home, using a special dog waste bin or a litter bin.

It is an offence for a person in charge of a dog to let it foul and not to clear up afterwards. If you witness a dog owner offending, please let us know so that we can investigate and take action.  We have powers to prosecute offenders who may be fined up to £1,000.

Dangerous dogs

It is an offence for any dog that is dangerously out of control to be in a public place, or a private place where a dog has no right to be. Therefore if a dog acts in such a way that someone thinks they will be attacked, an actual offence has been committed.

Pit bull terriers, or similar types of dog, must be kept muzzled and on a lead at all times when in a public place and must not be lead by anyone under the age of sixteen. Failure to comply may result in: the dog being destroyed, a fine of up to £5,000, and up to six months in prison.

If the dog has tried to bite someone or is aggressive, please tell the Police but do not attempt to handle it yourself.

A dog is regarded as dangerously out of control under the Act if there are grounds for suspecting that it will injure a person, whether or not it actually does so. If no injury is caused, the maximum sentence is a fine of £2,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Where actual injury is caused the maximum sentence is two years imprisonment and/or unlimited fine, plus if appropriate, destruction of the dog.  The Court can also specify particular forms of restriction, such as muzzling or leashing, for all types of dog, as well as having the power to disqualify owners from having custody of a dog for any period of time felt appropriate

Useful Links

The Kennel Club

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Doglost company


Dogs Trust 

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Leaflet  What you should know about dogs