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Lost and found dogs

Finding a stray dog

If you find a stray dog please contact the dog warden as soon as possible, who will arrange to collect it if within office hours.

Outside of office hours, please call 01626 361101 and follow the out of hours instructions.

If the dog has identification, for example a collar, microchip or tattoo, every effort will be made to contact the owner.

If we are not able to contact the owner or if the dog cannot be identified, it will be taken to a boarding kennels. If the dog is not claimed within 8 days, the ownership of the dog transfers to us and the kennels will arrange for re-homing.

No dogs are put to sleep except for reasons of severe illness or aggressive behaviour.

Lost dog

If you have lost your dog, please contact us as soon as possible. We will take your details and make every effort to reunite you with your dog.  

Reclaiming a stray dog

If we are unable to contact you, your dog will be taken to Foredowne Boarding Kennels in Kingskerswell. They can be contacted on 01803 872260 and are open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

You will need to pay the appropriate fees before the dog is released. This is the fine for the dog straying plus all costs involved with the pick up and care of the dog.

Check that the kennels will be open at the time you want to pick the dog up:

Monday to Saturday: 9am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Sundays, bank holidays and the day after a bank holiday: 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm

You will need to take proof of identity with you and will be asked to sign a release form stating that you own the dog, or that you have the owner's consent to claim the animal. Details of the owner's name and address must be given. The release fee can be paid either in cash or by card:

Stray dog fine £25         
Daily boarding charge £12.94   
Reception fee £13.85
Standard call out charge £53.14
Out of hours call out charge £99.90
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day surcharge £59.93
Out of hours daily fee £10.98

All fees exclude VAT.

How we use your information

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected by adhering to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Any personal information provided will be used by us for attempting to reunite the dog with its owner and contacting you regarding this.

The data may also be shared with Foredowne Boarding Kennels and the council's out of hours service provider in the event the dog is found outside of our normal working hours. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside of Teignbridge District Council without your permission unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection.

The data will be stored and retained in accordance with our full privacy policy.


When this content has been updated

Last updated 6 February 2024