This section tells you how to report a stray dog and reclaim a lost dog.
When reporting a lost/stray dog, please consider the following so the correct action can be taken.
Reclaiming a lost or stray dog
All stray dogs are kept in kennels for seven days so the owner can claim them. After seven days, stray dogs are put up for re-homing.
If your dog has gone missing, contact Northumberland County Council on 0345 6006400 or use one of our local numbers
, and we’ll contact the dog warden on your behalf.
To reclaim a dog, the owner will be required to pay a release fee for the cost of kenneling and any outstanding costs, such as vet’s fees. The owners of dogs with some form of identification will be notified as soon as is practicable.
Report a stray dog
During normal office hours
If you see or are in possession of a stray dog during office hours and you are not able to locate the owner, contact Northumberland County Council on 0345 600 6400 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am and 4.30pm on Fridays. A dog warden will come and collect the dog.
Alternatively, you can contact the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter on 0191 2150435. They accept dogs found by members of the public between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Their address is Benton Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE12 8EH.
Animal welfare out-of-hours service
If you are in possession of a stray dog outside office hours and can’t return the dog to its owner, we will arrange for the dog to be collected using our out-of-hours service. Call us on 0345 6006400, as online forms are only picked up during normal working hours. Times for our out-of-hours service are listed below.
- 5pm to 10pm, Monday to Thursday
- 4.30pm to 10pm, Friday
- 8am to 10pm, Saturday/Sunday
- 8am to 8pm, bank holidays
Outside the above hours you can:
Aggressive, frightened or nervous strays
- take the dog to Croft Vetinary Hospital, which receives stray dogs 24 hours a day. Call 0191 2503800 to arrange to handover the dog. The address is Northumberland Business Park West, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 7RH
- keep the dog until the next working day and then contact us
Do not attempt to secure or restrain any stray dog if it shows any signs of being aggressive, frightened or nervous.
Collar and identity tags
Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992
, all dogs must wear a collar and identity tag in a public place. The tag must show the owner’s name and address. Our dog wardens enforce this law, and fines of up to £5,000 can be given by the courts for an offence.
Most importantly, you’re far less likely to retrieve your dog if it goes missing and isn’t wearing a collar and tag, even if it’s microchipped.
Dog microchipping & neutering
From 6th April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs in England to be microchipped whether they have a tag or not.
Working in partnership with the Dogs Trust, free microchipping is available for any dog that belongs to an owner who lives in Northumberland.
The service is available to dogs from a week after their second injection – about 13 to 14 weeks old.
Click here for a list of microchipping events within Northumberland.
The council no longer provides neutering vouchers of any kind.
Northumberland voluntary dog registration scheme
Unfortunately we no longer provide this service for new dogs.
However we will continue to return lost dogs previously tagged and registered through this scheme, and we’ll update your details on our database if you keep us informed too.