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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



Statutory fee* payable to Bracknell Forest Borough Council


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

At cost

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 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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