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Confined stray dog collection service

Slough Borough Council work in partnership with Noah's Ark Limited to provide a confined stray dog collection service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A stray dog can only be collected by Noah's Ark if the finder keeps the dog securely in their garden, house or otherwise under control on a lead in a street or park or any other suitable location.

Under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 it is an offence for a dog to stray in the street or other public place. Any dog that is seized by the council as a stray is scanned for a microchip and checked for tattoos and tags which may identify the owner.

Any collected stray dog is transported to kennels and held for up to seven days. If the dog is not claimed during this time it will be passed on to an authorised organisation who will assess the dog for rehoming. The owner, whether they claim back their dog or not, must pay a statutory fine of £25, a collection fee, kennelling fees and any other associated costs.

Charges to claim a stray dog - April 2019 to March 2020

  • Collection in office hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday): £46.79.
  • Outside of office hours and weekends (after 5pm and before 9am Monday to Friday, Weekends and bank holidays): £133.68.
  • Daily kennelling charge: £20.05.
  • Statutory Fine: £25.00.
  • Any other applicable fees will be at cost which could include for example vet and treatment fees, additional handling and transport etc.

Advice

We strongly suggest all dog owners microchip their dog with correct and up to date details. Or owners should make sure at a minimum their dog has some form of identity on it at all times, such as a collar and tag with a contact number on it. Owners who leave their dog in their gardens or outside should make sure the area the dog is kept in is secure to prevent escape or theft of the dog. 
Further information about responsible dog ownership can be found here.

Unclaimed dogs

Any unclaimed dogs will be assessed for rehoming after being held for the statutory period of seven days. These dogs will be rehomed as soon as is possible regardless of breed type (unless a prohibited breed), age or gender. We have an extensive network of rehoming organisations that we link into and we work very hard to make sure all dogs that can be rehomed are.

The only time we will euthanize a dog is when a veterinary surgeon advises it is in the dogs best interest to do so or the dog is exceptionally aggressive and presents a potential danger (nervousness and nervous aggression are taken into account when collecting, transporting and kennelling any collected stray dog).

Between April 2017 and January 2019 we have successfully rehomed all of our unclaimed stray dogs.

Dog Control Orders

Councillors have in September 2012 approved the implementation of five Dog Control Orders made under section 55 of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.

Slough Borough Council are hereby giving notice of implementation of these Dog Control Orders which will come into force from midnight on the 31st October 2012.

Further information about dog control orders can be found here.

Animal Welfare Act 2006

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 is enforced by the council and the police. The RSPCA investigates complaints on cruelty or neglect and can be contacted on 0300 1234 999. As an animal owner you are legally required to provide your animal with the 5 freedoms:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  • Freedom from discomfort - provide an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour - provide sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
  • Freedom from fear and distress - provide conditions and care which avoid mental suffering.

Dangerous dogs

The police enforce the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Under the Dangerous Dogs Act it's illegal to own, breed, sell, give away or keep any of the following four breeds of dog without an exemption obtained from a court: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Braziliero.

Any dog is dangerously out of control if members of the public feel fearful or distressed for their safety or if the dog causes injury to anyone. The maximum penalty for these offences is two years imprisonment and/or a fine, the court can also place additional orders on the control of the dog which could result in the destruction of the dog.

Report it

Report a lost / confined stray dog

Mon - Fri 9am-5pm
0333 577 5070

Mon - Fri 5pm-9am
Weekends / Bank holidays
08444 996 063