Stray & lost dogs
Report a stray dog
If you find a stray dog you can report it to us by contacting the dog warden. We can often collect the dog during normal office hours alternatively you can deliver to the council offices at Causeway House in Braintree. Please contact us in the first instance to ensure we are able to take the dog.
Out of normal office hours for the dog wardens (Monday-Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm) we are unable to offer a collection service. The reception point at Causeway House may still be open to receive the dog. Sometimes we may ask you to care for the dog until the following working day.
On Sundays and bank holidays stray dogs can be registered with the council but we will be unable to take them in. A local vet may be prepared to accept a stray dog and/or check them for a microchip.
If you lose your dog
If you lose you dog in the district please complete the online form and we can let you know if the dog is found. If you later find your dog please let us know.
The council's duty
We have a duty to care for any stray dog for seven days so that the owner has time to claim it. After seven days stray dogs are handed to a third party where they are health and temperament assessed to check their suitability for re-homing.