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What do I do if I find a stray dog?
The law regarding stray dogs changed on 6 April 2008 which means that the police can no longer accept stray dogs brought to them. Local authorities are solely responsible for discharging all stray dog functions while the police retain their duties with regard to dangerous dogs and dogs found to be worrying livestock.
If you find a stray dog you are legally required to either reunite the dog or contact the dog warden (Enviromental Act 1990)


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Approaching a found dog
Please approach any stray dog cautiously, and if you think there is a risk that you may be bitten, stay well clear. 
If you believe it safe to approach the dog:-


  • Use slow movements


  • Let the dog approach you


  • Turn your body at an angle


  • Don’t look directly at the dog


  • Sit or lie down on the floor


  • Pretend to sniff the ground


  • Lure with food


  • Speak softly – don’t call out

Do not chase!

The dog may make the dog more scared, think it's a game. Escaped dogs can go in survival mode and make poor decisions in panic, including running in front of vehicles. Don't attempt to grab until you have gained the dog's trust.

Once safely caught
If you can get hold of the dog, you may be able to find information about the owner on a collar tag, if it has one.  If it is safe to do so, take it inside and contact our dog warden between 9 am-5 pm Monday to Friday.

Peterborough 01733 747474/07795383003 - Main part of Peterborough

Fenland dog warden 01354 622442 - Whittlesey, Wisbech and Turves etc.

South Holland dog warden 01775 761161 - Holbeach and Crowland.

South Kesteven dog warden 01476 406303 - Bourne, Market Deeping and Stamford etc.

Huntingdonshire dog warden 01480 388388 - Alwalton, Yaxley and Farcet.

Peterborough's out of hours service 

If you find a stray dog outside the dog warden working hours in Peterborough please call 01733 864157. They can then make arrangements for you to take the dog to a dedicated acceptance point. Alternatively, you can take the dog to VetsNow Park Road.

Injured dog 

There is an arrangement between BVA and RSPCA for a contribution towards the Initial Emergency Treatment of sick or injured wildlife and stray animals.

If you find a sick or injured animal, call the RSPCA helpline 0300 1234 999, BEFORE taking the animal/pet to the vet. You will be given a reference to supply to the vets. The RSPCA may ask you to go to a specific vet.

Reuniting with their owner

We STRONGLY suggest that any finder establishes proof of ownership, before handing over a pet. Ask for photos, vet records, etc. If you are unsure please contact your local vet/Dog Warden.  

What happens to a stray dog?
Once a stray dog has been collected by the dog warden it is taken to kennels, where it will be kept for seven days.
If the dog is not claimed at this time the former owner loses rights to its return, and an animal charity can then offer the dog for rehoming

Sourced from Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

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