Stray dogs

How to report a stray, found or lost dog.

Our collection service operates within our normal office hours.

To report a stray or lost dog, please contact the us on:

Tel: 01799 510510


The police no longer have responsibility for taking in strays, and new arrangements have been put into place.

Out of hours service

If you find a stray dog outside normal offices hours please call our out of hours service on 01799 510510 and then press 3 for our emergency call handling service. You will be advised on where you can take the dog.

Alternatively, if you can keep the dog until the next working day, you can contact us on 01799 510510.

Please do not release the dog to run again, as this could result in injury to the dog or other members of the public.

Stray dog fees

You'll have to pay any administrative costs and a statutory fee for stray dogs.

Local orders

We have orders in the Uttlesford District to enforce responsible dog ownership.

Dog Control Order (PDF) [248KB]

Dog Exclusion Order (PDF) [288KB]

Dogs on Lead Order (PDF) [287KB]

Report a sick or injured dog

You should report an injured or distressed animal to the RSPCA.

Reports can be made via the RSPCA website or by calling 0300 1234 999.​​ 

The RSPCA cruelty checklist on their website helps identify the information they may ask for when you contact them.