Stray or Lost Dogs
Dog Warden Service
Our dog wardens patrol the borough and respond to complaints about straying dogs. On average we seize 120 stray dogs per year. All dogs that are not claimed by their owners are re-homed through national re-homing centres. We only put to sleep dogs that are seriously ill or injured or cannot be re-homed due to their age or for behavioural reasons. The Council uses local kennels to house the dogs prior to re-homing or re-uniting with their owners.
If you lose a dog:
Call us on (01495) 357813 and we will register your details and the details of the dog. We will cross match these details with those dogs we have already seized. You should also contact local vets or the police and you could also spread the word in your local area. We also now post up details of any dogs we have found on our Facebook page -
If we have your dog:
If we have your dog in our possession you will have to pay a fee for its release. The current fees are as follows:
Number of Days in Kennel
Reduced Release Fee
Full release Fee from 1st November 2016
Up to 24 hours after impounding
From the 6th April 2016, it will be an offence to own a dog and not have it microchipped with up to date details. The Council will utilise all details obtained from a microchip to identify and inform a dog owner that their animal has been collected as a stray. However, all dogs that have been collected will be taken to the Council’s kennels where a fee will need to be paid to release the animal. If your dog is microchipped with correct ownership details then the release fee will be at the reduced rate.
If you dog is not microchipped or the details recorded on the microchip database are incorrect then the full release fee will be charged. However incorporated within this fee, the Council will provide free microchip implantation and registration for your dog or will ensure the any incorrect details recorded on a microchip database are updated.
You will need to pay all of the release fee at the Council’s kennelling facility before your dog can be released.
If you find a dog
Phone us with as much information as possible. We will the either collect the dog if you have it in your possession or attempt to locate and catch the dog should it still be straying. Outside of office hours, between 6pm and 10 pm Monday to Friday the Council has a reception centre where finders of stray dogs can take animals they have found. This facility is also available between 9:15 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and 10 am to 10 pm on Sunday’s. Please telephone 01495 311556 and the address and details of this centre will be provided.
Under certain circumstances we will take an unwanted pet from you. We will charge you a fee of £40 to cover our kennelling and other costs. Please contact us for more information. This service is only available to residents of Blaenau Gwent. We may ask you to prove that the dog is yours and for proof of address.
For further information please contact
Outside Office Hours - Please call (01495) 311556
Public Protection Service
Blaenau Gwent Council County Borough Council