Dogs - Stray

also known as: Lost dog, Stray dogs.

This page explains how to deal with stray dogs if you find one. What to do if your dog has strayed, and details about identification and collars.

Stray Dogs

The Council has a duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to catch dogs that appear to be strays.

Please click below to report a problem to us:

5Report a stray dog here

Or you can contact us here.

All stray dogs are kept at kennels for 7 days, following the 7 days they would be put up for re-homing and the original owner's claim to the dog is likely to come to an end.

If your dog has gone missing you should contact Northumberland County Council on (0845) 6006400 or view local numbers here who will contact the Dog Warden on your behalf.

If you find a stray dog, you are required by law to return it to the owner or to contact the Council on (0845) 6006400 or view local numbers here who will make arrangements to collect it. If the dog is injured it should be taken to the nearest vets as soon as possible.

Stray dogs found during normal working hours (08:00 – 17:00/16:30 Friday):

Any dog found in a public place and not being in the control of the owner is considered to be a stray. Stray dogs can cause many problems so don't let your dog roam alone, and all dogs must by law wear a collar and identity tag in a public place.

To reclaim a dog the owner will be required to pay a release fee, the cost of kennelling the dog and any outstanding costs e.g. vets fees. The owners of dogs with some form of identification will be notified as soon as is practicable.

In the first instance the dog should be returned to its owner. If the owner is not known or cannot be identified from the dog's collar and tag, one of the following procedures should be followed:

1. You need to contact Northumberland County Council Customer Services on 0845 600 6400. A dog warden will then arrange with you to come and collect the dog.

2. Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter, Benton Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE12 8EH, (0191 2150435) accept dogs found by members of the public in the Northumberland Area between 8:00 – 16:00hrs Monday - Friday

Stray dogs found outside normal working hours:

Under Section 68 of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005, the Police will no longer be involved in seizing stray dogs and do not have a duty to accept strays if taken to a Police Station.

Any dog found in a public place and not being in the control of the owner is considered to be a stray. Stray dogs can cause many problems so don't let your dog roam alone, and all dogs must by law wear a collar and identity tag in a public place.

To reclaim a dog the owner will be required to pay a release fee, the cost of kennelling the dog and any outstanding costs e.g. vets fees. The owners of dogs with some form of identification will be notified as soon as is practicable.

In the first instance the dog should be returned to its owner. If the owner is not known or cannot be identified from the dog's collar and tag, one of the following procedures should be followed:

  1. You can keep the dog until the next working day and then as above, contact the Dog Warden section and arrange for the dog to be collected.

  2. Contact Northumberland CountyCouncil Customer Services on 0845 600 6400 and they will arrange for the dog to be collected by the out of hours service. The dog must be detained.

  3. This service is only available between 17:00 – 22:00hrs Monday – Friday & between 8:00 – 22:00hrs Saturday - Sunday

  4. Croft Vetinary Hospital, Northumberland Business Park West, Cramlington. NE23 7RH, telephone number 0191 2503800 act as or stray dog reception point, this is a 24hr service.

  5. Stray dogs can also be taken to Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter, Benton Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE12 8EH. (0191 2150435). This service is available 8:00 – 16:00 Saturday & Sunday

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 £5000 can be given by the Courts for an offence.

Without identification, you are making it less likely that you will get your dog back if it strays.

If you wish to report an offence, please contact Northumberland County Council on (0845) 6006400 or email the details to ask@northumberland.gov.uk

Always make sure that your dog wears a collar and tag, even if microchipped.

Northumberland Voluntary Dog Registration Scheme

There are an estimated 6.5 million dogs in the UK and the number of complaints received by Local Authorities concerning stray dogs and nuisance caused by irresponsible dog owners is on the increase. Dogs in this country produce an estimated 1000 tons of faeces per day.

In 1988 the council made a decision to actively promote responsible dog ownership and has since been involved with a number of successful initiatives. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 local authorities now have a duty placed upon them to deal with stray dogs.

Northumberland has a large population of dogs and it is hoped that most, if not all, of their owners will take up the opportunity to voluntary register their dog with the Council’s Animal Welfare Service.

There is no charge to join the Scheme, dog owners simply fill in an application form and receive a tag with a personal identification number engraved on it. Details of the dog and owner are kept on computer and can instantly be called up if the dog is picked up by the Animal Welfare Officer.

The benefits of the Scheme are:-

A. Owners who register their dog will be provided with a tag with a personal identification number engraved on it.

B. The Scheme is FREE to all Northumberland dog owners.

C. Lost or straying dogs will be returned to their owner if picked up by the Animal Welfare Officer (providing the dog is wearing the tag).

D. The dog will not be taken to the kennels (unless picked up on a regular basis or out of hours) thereby saving the owner the cost of the kennel fees.

E. The details of the dog and owner are kept on a computerised system ensuring a speedy return of the dog to its owner.

How to Register

To join the Scheme fill in the application form which you can print off below or contact the Animal Welfare Service who will be pleased to help. You may also pick up a form from any of the Council Walk-in Information Centres

Click here to download and print the Voluntary Dog Registration Scheme Form

Contact us

Animal Welfare Office
Northumberland County Council
Loansdean
Morpeth
Northumberland, NE61 2AP
TEL: 0845 600 6400