Return of stray dogs

Terms and Conditions

Once a stray dog has been seized and contained on the Sefton Council dog warden vehicle one attempt will be made by the Sefton Council Contact Centre to contact the known keeper of the dog.

A charge of £35 will be payable for the return of each stray dog seized by the dog warden once the warden has left the site of the seizure and prior to the dog being placed in the Council Kennelling facility. Payment must be via a card payment. Concessions are not available.

Dogs seized before 12:00pm will be returned up to 1pm if payment is received before 12pm.

Dogs seized after 12pm and before 3:30 pm will be returned up to 4pm if payment is received before 3:30pm.

Dogs seized after 3:30pm by the Council Dog Warden will be taken to the Council’s Kennelling facility.

A stray dog will only be returned to the keeper or nominated responsible person at the keeper’s recognised address within the Borough of Sefton. If the keeper or nominated responsible person is not present within fifteen minutes of the agreed return time the dog will be taken to the Council’s kennelling facility. A refund will not be payable in such circumstances.

Where the keeper’s recognised address is outside the Borough of Sefton the dog will only be returned to the keeper or nominated responsible person at Magdalen House, Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ or a meeting point acceptable to the dog warden within the Borough of Sefton. If the keeper or nominated responsible person is not present within fifteen minutes of the agreed return time the dog will be taken to the Council’s kennelling facility. A refund will not be payable in such circumstances.

Where the keeper of the dog cannot be contacted the stray dog will be taken to the Council’s kennelling facility. We will leave a message if we can to confirm this to the keeper.

The return of any dog is conditional upon the keeper or their nominated responsible person being able to provide a satisfactory description of the dog (including its sex, breed, name, collar/tag /microchip, any distinguishing features or photographs of the dog).

A refund of £35 will be paid if on arrival it is determined that, despite relevant information relating to identity being provided, the dog has not been matched with that of the possible keeper. In such circumstances the dog will be taken to the Council’s Kennelling facility.

The Council reserve the right to take a seized dog to kennels at any time including where:

  • A dog appears injured, emaciated or showing sign of illness or distress and the dog’s welfare is likely to be affected.
  • There are adverse weather conditions.

Our Responsibilities

  • We will ensure that once seized a dog is contained and secure within an appropriate vehicle to enable safe transportation to its final destination.
  • Vehicles used to transport seized dogs and equipment will be cleaned and maintained to recognised guidelines and welfare standards at all times.
  • All dogs that are seized will be examined for a microchip and any identifying collars or tags to confirm ownership.
  • Arrangements will be made for seized dogs which display significant injuries or welfare concerns to be assessed by a vet.
  • Dogs will be handled in a manner to ensure the safety of both dog and handler at all times.
  • To assist in reuniting seized dogs, where possible the dog warden will use known databases to match lost and found within the allocated time frames.
  • On receipt of payment the Contact Centre will notify the dog warden to facilitate return of the dog.
  • The Local Government Act 2003 together with the Localism Act 2011 enables the Council to charge for this discretionary service.

Your Responsibilities

  • To provide a full description of the dog (including sex, breed, name, collar/tag /microchip, or distinguishing features) to Sefton Contact Centre to assist in matching ownership to that of the seized dog.
  • To make a payment (£35) within the designated times to ensure return of the seized dog.
  • To ensure the keeper or nominated responsible person is present at the keeper’s recognised address within the Borough of Sefton to facilitate the dogs return within a maximum of fifteen minutes from the agreed return time.
  • To ensure that where the keepers recognised address is outside the Borough of Sefton that the keeper or nominated responsible person is present at Magdalen House, Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ or a meeting point acceptable to the dog warden within the Borough of Sefton, to facilitate the dogs return, within a maximum of fifteen minutes from the agreed return time.
  • To ensure that the keeper or the nominated responsible person is able to provide to the dog warden detail of the dog (including its sex, breed, name, collar/tag /microchip, any distinguishing features or photograph’s) to enable confirmation of ownership.
  • To comply with the requirements of the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015

 


Last Updated on 09 January 2018