Tell us what you think about our site...



A stray dog is any dog that is running free in a public space without its owner being present.

The law requires all local authorities to treat all unaccompanied dogs on public land as strays, regardless of whether they are wearing a collar/tag and/or have been microchipped.

During office hours (8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00 to 4:30pm Friday) the council is responsible for the recovery and kennelling of all stray dogs within its boundary.

Find out what to do if you find a stray dog.

Our dog control officers can seize and detain any stray or unaccompanied dog found in a public place. If the dog has identification (e.g. a collar and microchip), the duty dog warden will try and reunite the dog with its owner. If the owner is not contactable, the dog will be taken to the kennels. Charges for this service are listed here.

Lost dogs

If you lose your dog, it can be very traumatic and expensive. You should:

Dogs found dead on the highway may be removed by our street cleansing operatives. These dogs will be scanned for microchips if possible. We will always try and reunite a dog with its owner.

Find out more about microchipping your dog.

Stray dogs

If you find a stray dog, you must do one of the following.

  • Return the dog to its owner.
  • Contact the dog warden service to arrange for it to be collected as soon as possible, the owner may have already reported it as a lost dog. Please note that the dog warden service is only available during normal office hours (i.e. 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am to 4:30pm Friday.* 
  • Keep the dog for a month after notifying the dog warden service that you have found a stray, and return it to the owner if they come forward.

If you need to report a stray dog or need any advice on this subject, please telephone 01246 345 734 when the between 8.30am and 5pm.

* At all other times please call Careline on 0300 323 0076. The council provides a reception point for dogs found out of hours and you must take it to the approved kennels at such times. You must phone first and this service is only for dogs found in the Chesterfield borough area.

Last updated on 30 October 2017