Animal Welfare

Dog Ownership and Responsibilities


What can Environmental Health do?

Staff deal with enquiries or information relating to stray dogs during office hours. Out of hours this service is provided by Police Scotland. Staff have the power to lift any dog in a public area, which they believe to be a stray.

What happens with a stray dog?

A dog lifted by us will be taken to our Kennels where they will be kept for seven days unless reclaimed. To reclaim your dog you will have to pay a release fee, administration charge and possible kennelling fees. This amounts to £52.50 on the first day with an additional £10.50 for every night the dog is held in our kennels. Failure to collect the dog within seven days may result in the dog being re-homed or ultimately in rare cases, destroyed.

I've lost my dog what should I do?

Contact Environmental Health Service or the Police who will be able to tell you if the dog warden has lifted your dog. We will also put your details in a register so if staff find your dog or someone reports finding your dog we can contact you. You should also contact the Police as they sometimes keep dogs until we can collect them.

I've found a dog what should I do?

Contact Environmental Health or the Police and we will arrange to pick it up. Alternatively if you want to keep the dog you must inform Environmental Health of all the details. If after two months the dog has not been claimed you will become it's owner. A suitability check may be carried out.