Stray dogs

What happens if your dog strays

If your dog is found straying, the council's Dog Warden will pick it up. If it is the first time your dog has been found and your dog has a collar and tag that shows where it lives or it is microchipped, then an attempt will be made to return the dog to you. However, if you are not at home, your dog has no identity information, or your dog has been caught before, it will be taken to the kennels for safe-keeping until it is claimed.

The dog may be re-homed after eight days if no communication is received from the owner. Unfortunately, in some cases of very old, very aggressive, or ill dogs, new homes cannot be found and the dog has to be put to sleep. Some owners actually abandon their dogs when they become ill, and the council and kennels then provide veterinary care and try to re-home if possible.

Most dogs are taken to the council's kennels which are provided by:

Leicestershire Animal Aid
Elmwood Farm
Forest Road

Payment and proof of ownership needs to be received by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council before collection. Dogs can be claimed any time between 10am and 4pm.

More information on Leicestershire Animal Aid, including the travel directions: Leicestershire Animal Aid ( 

Last updated: ‎07‎/‎03‎/‎2023‎ ‎15‎:‎07‎