Allowing your dog to stray can cause road accidents, attacks on other animals or people, damage to property, indiscriminate fouling, and can even lead to the dog being injured or killed.
Any dog that is unattended in a public place may be seized by a council dog warden, and, unless badly injured, taken to the council kennels.
Reporting a stray dog
To report a stray dog Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm (except Bank Holidays), contact the Dog Warden Service on 01524 582935.
The council's dog wardens respond to reports of stray dogs during office hours.
Outside office hours, the council's contractor can collect strays, but only dogs which have been caught and restrained. This service is available during the following hours:
- Weekdays from 5pm to 8pm
- Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between 9am and 8pm
- No service is offered on Christmas Day or Boxing Day
To report a stray dog outside office hours, contact the council's central control on 01524 67099. Please note that calls are recorded for monitoring and training purposes.
Enquiring about a lost dog
If you have lost your dog during normal office hours, report it to the Dog Warden Service on 01524 582935. Outside these hours, contact the strays kennels on: 07415 181 599.
The Dog Warden service regrets that it CANNOT help with stray cats or other animals.
Claiming a stray dog from council kennels
Any owner claiming their dog will be charged a fee for administration and boarding of the dog in the kennel. This will vary according to the length of time the dog is in the kennels.
The fee on the first day for collecting your dog is £50.80 rising to £135.04 on the seventh day (see fees table below). If you believe your dog has been taken to the kennels call 07415181599 between 9am and 5pm.
*Prescribed Fee Zero Rate £25.00 (No VAT)=£25.00
*Detention Fee £9.95 + VAT = £11.94
*Kennelling Fee £11.87 per day + VAT = £14.24
Stray Dog Fees
If a dog is collected by the dog warden but has not yet been transported to kennels, it is possible to arrange for the dog to be reclaimed from Morecambe Town Hall. This is done by prior agreement with the Dog Warden Service, and the fee is £37.31
If a dog is wearing a collar with identification the dog wardens may, if possible, return the dog to its owner at no charge, but only on the first occasion; any subsequent seizure will result in the dog being impounded. It is also an offence under the Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005 for a dog not to be on a lead on a public highway. People whose dogs stray may therefore be issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice or may be prosecuted, and the maximum fine is £1,000.
Identify your dog!
Every dog when in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.
Failure to comply may result in prosecution. The maximum fine is currently £5000.