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Stray and lost dogs

Any dog that is out on its own is classed as a stray dog. It is a legal requirement for all dogs to have a collar and tag, with the owners details and be microchipped. 

A collar and tag is the easiest way to identify the owner of the dog.

Although the Council can collect stray dogs, the most important issue is for a dog to be reunited with its owner as soon as possible. We encourage any finders of dogs to follow the steps below

What should I do if I have found a dog?

  • check the collar and tag and call the telephone number of the owner
  • consider taking the dog to a local vet to see if it has a microchip
  • use any local social media channels to try to find the owner. These groups are independent but may be able to scan a dog for microchip details
  • Plymouth (UK) pets lost and found 
  • Plymouth UK dogs only lost and found
  • Dog Lost
  • if you have exhausted all avenues, then contact the Council.

If we collect a stray dog it will be kenneled for up to seven days and if unclaimed, we'll arrange for the dog to be re-homed by an animal welfare charity unless it is claimed by the owner.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm
  • Friday: 9am to 4.30pm.

I've lost my dog

Try social media in the first instance to see if anyone has found your dog. If you have not located it, you may report it below to see if we are holding your dog. 

You should keep your dog under your control at all times. Make sure your garden is secure so your dog can't get out and keep your dog on a lead when you're out in public places.

How much will it cost to get my dog back?

You have to pay the following release fee before you can get your dog back. This fee is based on the legal penalty for stray dogs and the costs the Council incurs. Please call 01752 304147 to arrange to pay for your dog. You can pay by debit or credit card over the phone. You must pay by 5pm Mondays to Thursdays and by 4.30pm on Fridays to get your dog back on that day otherwise the charge will increase.

Day Fee
Day one £146
Day two £278
Day three £293
Day four £310
Day five £325
Day six £343
Day seven £358

I can't care for my dog

If you're unable to care for your dog you must not abandon it or you could be prosecuted. You should look for a way to re-home it. Try local Cats and Dogs Homes or animal sanctuaries.