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What to do if you find a stray dog

Published: Thursday, 11 July 2019

Residents are reminded that if they find a stray dog, they should report it to Northampton Borough Council, rather than post photos and information about the animal on social media.

To report a stray dog, contact the Borough Council on 0300 330 7000 or e-mail [email protected]. The Council will then arrange for its contractor, Noah’s Ark, to collect the dog and take it to holding kennels to be reclaimed.

Any dog found in a public place which is not in the control of its owner is considered to be a stray, and the animal must be placed on a lead or tethered for Noah’s Ark to collect it.

Noah’s Ark has advised against posting information about stray dogs on social media as it can lead to disputes and confrontations with the dog’s owners.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “The Council provides this service to ensure that stray dogs can be collected quickly and safely.

“Stray dogs can cause many problems, so please don't let your dog out on its own. All dogs must, by law, wear a collar and identity tag in a public place, as well as have a microchip, so they can be returned to their owners as quickly as possible.”

Further information about this service can be found on the Borough Council’s website.