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Stray dogs

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:

A table showing the fees for reclaiming a dog



Collection fee for stray dogs not taken to kennel


Collection fee for stray dogs taken to kennel

£88 plus additional overnight kennelling fees

Any vets fees incurred

At cost

There are no additional charges if the collection takes place out of hours. However, any miscellaneous charges, such as collecting and moving dogs for the owner, microchipping or requested home checks will carry a charge based on the current Public Protection Partnership hourly rate.

There is a £25 statutory fee is prescribed by The Environmental Protection (Stray Dog) Regulations 1992 and this is included in the fees shown.

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 7 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.

Contact information

Environment and Community Team

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