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Stray and Lost Dogs

  • North Hertfordshire District Council have responsibility for Stray Dogs.
  • The Police have responsibility for Dangerous Dogs.

A stray dog is a dog that is in a public place or a place it should not be without its owner. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 149, North Hertfordshire District Council has a duty to deal with stray dogs. Please be aware that this page deals only with stray dogs. Other stray animals are dealt with at the bottom of the page. The police are not responsible for stray dogs, but they do have responsibility for dangerous dogs.

What to do if you find a stray dog

If you would like to report a stray dog, please use our online form:

Report a stray dog

We will arrange to collect the dog as long as it is confined in a secure place for example, a house, work place or small secure garden. Alternatively we will collect a dog that has been secured on a lead as long as someone is willing to wait with it.

After 17:00 hours and before 22:00 Monday to Friday, weekends and bank holidays please call 01462 730464 for information and instructions.

If the dog is wearing a collar and a tag, you may wish to contact the owner directly.

A stray dog will be kennelled and kept until an owner is found for a period of 7 days. After 7 days legal ownership passes to the Local Authority. All attempts will be made to re-home using every option available. Dogs are only put to sleep for the following reasons:-

  • Unacceptable aggressive behaviour.
  • Illness.
  • Old age combined with long term illness.

When an owner reclaims their dog there are charges to be paid.

  • £25.00 Central Government fine for a dog straying.
  • £25.00 Admin & Officers time.
  • £13.00 per night kennel fee.

Stray dogs are picked up for the following reasons:-

  • They may cause traffic accidents.
  • They may act aggressively.
  • They can foul the land.

Preventing your dog from straying is the owners responsibility. Remember it is a legal requirement that your dog wears a collar and tag bearing your name and address when in a public place. The penalty for non compliance is up to £2000 fine.

Lost Dogs

If you have lost your dog between the hours of 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday then you can contact our Customer Services Centre on 01462 474000 or at At the same time inform Police, local vets and Petlog - if your dog is microchipped. If your dog is found or sighted, that information will be passed to you as soon as possible.

After 17.00 and before 22.00 Monday to Friday, weekends and Bank Holidays please call 01462 730464 for information and instructions.

There are some websites dedicated to lost and stolen dogs some of these can be found below:

Lost Cats

If you have lost a cat please contact the Herts East Branch of the RSPCA by calling 01462 672278 or 01462 484862.