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Stray dogs

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 call our animal warden to report a dog that you have lost or found in or near Bracknell Forest.

If the dog was lost or found in another area please contact the relevant council. Find your local council.

Report a lost or found dog

During office hours, call the telephone the animal warden (Public Protection Partnership) on 01635 519171.

Office hours are: 

  • Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30am to 5pm
  • Fridays, 8:30am to 4:30pm  

If you are reporting a lost or found dog at a time outside of these office hours:

  • call 01344 352000 and select option 2

Found dogs

Please note that we can only deal with dogs that are in your possession. The on duty animal warden will contact you and arrange to collect the dog within 4 hours.

If you see a dog that is dangerously out of control in a public place, please contact the police on 0845 8505505.

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

Item

Fee

Collection fee for stray dogs not taken to kennel

£73

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

During office hours

To arrange a collection of a stray dog, or to report a dog missing during office hours, please telephone the animal warden (Public Protection Partnership) on 01635 519171.

Office hours are: 

  • Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30am to 5pm
  • Fridays, 8:30am to 4:30pm  

Outside office hours

If you are reporting a lost or found dog 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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