Since 6 April 2016 all dog owners are required to have their dogs microchipped.
Microchipping permanently identifies a dog. A microchip - about the size of a grain of rice - is implanted under the skin of a dog by injection, usually within the scruff of the neck. The owner’s contact details are then recorded against the number of the microchip and stored on a national database.
Dogs Trust has set aside a substantial investment to ensure that every owner can have their dog chipped. Compulsory microchipping is the single most effective way to get a dog returned to its owner. Prevention is better and cheaper than cure. Much as we love the dogs we collect, we’d prefer that they stay with their owners.
The new law aims to reduce a rise in stray dogs nationally. Owners who fail to comply with the new legislation could face a fine of up to £500.
If a dog strays and is found by a warden or a vet, it can be scanned for a microchip. The owner can be contacted and reunited with their pet as soon as possible.
If your dog is already microchipped, it is essential to keep your details up to date. Please contact the relevant microchipping company if your details have changed.
We do not deal with dogs that are roaming. However we will arrange for a stray dog that you have found and is now in your possession to be collected by the council’s dog warden contractor.
You can use the forms below to report found or lost dogs. Please note that these forms will be dealt with during our office hours only. Office hours are 8.30am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays. If you are reporting a lost or found dog at any other time please call 01344 352000 and select option 2.
Owners reclaiming their dogs
If you have lost your dog and we find it, you will need to pay to have it returned. The fees are calculated as follows:
|Statutory fee* payable to Bracknell Forest Borough Council||£25|
Charge for collection during office hours
Charge for dogs collected out of office hours (5pm to 9am - Monday to Friday, weekends and bank holidays)
Any vets fees incurred
You may also be required to pay additional costs direct to the kennels.
* The £25 statutory fee is prescribed by The Environmental Protection (Stray Dog) Regulations 1992.
Bracknell Forest Council is proud to be in partnership with Dogbusters. Dogbusters are our nominated contractor. They will collect stray dogs and endeavour to reunite them with their owners. Dogbusters are authorised to collect the fines on our behalf.
Collecting a stray dog
To arrange a collection of a stray dog, or to report a dog missing during office hours call Customer Services on 01344 352000. Out of office hours, weekends and bank holidays please call 01344 352000 and select option 2.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires the local authority to keep a stray dog for up to seven clear days after seizure. After this period the dog becomes the property of the council. Whilst every effort is made to re-home it, sometimes this is not possible and it has to be put down.
There are practical steps which can be taken to minimise or stop your dog from barking. These are explained in our Noise - Barking Dogs information leaflet (PDF, 213kb).
Please report incidents of dog fouling using our report dog fouling form.
Over 650 litter bins have been provided in the borough. These can be used for the disposal of bagged dog mess. Some special dog waste bins have also been provided.
The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 makes it an offence for any person in control of a dog not to remove dog faeces after fouling on designated public areas. A fixed penalty notice can be issued to offenders and they can be fined up to £1,000 by the magistrates' courts if this is not paid.
Witnessing dog fouling
It is often difficult for officers of the council to witness an offence. If you do witness a person failing to pick up after their dog has fouled, a fixed penalty notice can be issued to the offender if you complete our dog fouling witness statement form (PDF, 21kb) and return it to us. Please note that if you complete a witness statement you may be required to give evidence in court to support your statement if the fixed penalty is not paid.
It is an offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place or in a private place where it is not allowed to be. Find out about dangerous dogs on the GOV.UK website.