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Stray Dogs

There's a stray dog in my street, can someone collect it?
The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2007, places full responsibility with your local authority for dealing with stray dogs and associated stray dog services.

DEFRA have useful
guidance notes outlining local authority responsibilities for stray dogs.

Please contact your local authority to arrange for the
dog warden to collect the dog.


Barking & Dagenham: 0208 215 3000

Romford/Havering: 01708 434343

Basildon: 01268 294290

The RSPCA and other animal welfare charities cannot pick up stray dogs or accept them from people who find them and will direct those people to their local authority. In fact we can only deal with a stray dog in an absolute emergency, ie. if the dog is in imminent danger of death or severe suffering and neither the police nor local authority is able to attend.

The RSPCA continues to promote responsible dog ownership initiatives to local authorities to seek to reduce the amount of stray dogs particularly through joint education, micro-chipping and neutering initiatives with local authorities and other animal welfare organisations.