Council Found Dogs
We have had phone calls in the past from people whose dogs were in the pound but not chipped. They were scared to come and collect it incase of a £500 fine. Can I PLEASE reassure you, if your dog is in the pound and you come for it, we will be happy to chip it for you FREE OF CHARGE, and there will be NO additional fine (just the usual £25 fine for the offence of straying plus a fee for kennelling) Only if you REFUSE to have it chipped, will you be given 21 days to get it done and then if it is still not done the £500 fine may be applied. So those of you who just haven't got round to it yet, please don't worry, we are here to help you!
You can collect your dog from the pound between 8am and 9pm, seven days a week (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day)
IF YOU LIVE IN COUNTY DURHAM, OR YOUR DOG HAS BEEN STRAYING IN COUNTY DURHAM, PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS OF THE NEW PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION ORDER.
These dogs, pictured below, are in the care of the local council. Dogs shown in this section have been found straying by a dog warden or a concerned member of the public. Your dog has been brought to the County Pound at Coxhoe because:
- It was out unaccompanied, not wearing an identity disc (which is required under the Environmental Protection Act 1990), or,
- It was not possible for the finder to contact you on the details available at the time, or,
- Your dog has been collected as a stray before.
- HP034 17 Adult Stray, Rift House Hartlepool
- DU213 17 Adult Stray, Hawthorne Terrace
- DU212 17 Adult Stray, Hawthorne Terrace
- Du209 17 Adult Stray, Bishop Auckland
- DU207 17 Adult Stray, Spennymoor
- MB045 17 Adult Stray, Beechwood, Middlesbrough
- DU205 17 Adult Stray, Shildon
- DU203 17 Adult Stray, Kelloe
- DU202 17 Adult Stray, Eldon
- HP033 17 Adult Stray, St Cuthberts Street, Hartlepool
- DU200 17 Adult Stray, Trimdon Station
- MB044 17 Adult Stray, Martin Road Middlesbrough
- DU199 17 Young Stray, Spennymoor
- DU198 17 Adult Stray, Gilesgate
- MB042 17 Adult Stray, Ormesby Road Middlesbrough
- DU195 17 Adult Stray, Blackhall
- DU194 17 Adult Stray, Newton Aycliffe
- MB041 17 Adult Stray
They are checked for any obvious injuries and held by Stray Aid on behalf of the council for at least 7 days. During this time we will attempt to find the owner of the dog. An owner should collect his dog from the council’s facility as soon as possible. The kennels are open every day between 9am and 9pm for returning of stray dogs to owners. Although the council and the charity will try to locate the owner no responsibility will be accepted if the dog is not collected during this period.
Please note, residents of County Durham (NOT currently Hartlepool or Middlesbrough) are now subject to additional measures. A new Public Space Protection Order has been brought in for County Durham. If you would like to learn more about how these new practices may affect you, please follow this link: www.durham.gov.uk/dogcontrol
The council operates a non-destruct policy and in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 all dogs seized as strays by the council will become the property of the council after they have been kept for a mandatory period of 7 days and remain unclaimed by the owner. The dog will be rehomed on behalf of the council by the charity and the previous owner will have no legal claim to it. Any proceeds from the sale of this dog will be used by the charity to subsidise the service provided to the public on behalf of the council. Stray Aid makes every effort to rehome as many dogs as possible and will not destroy a rehomeable dog.
If you believe you are the owner of one of these dogs, please contact the charity on 0300 9994247, quote the dog’s unique reference number and leave your contact details. To assist us in returning your dog, please bring with you any proof of ownership you may have i.e. pedigree papers, receipt for purchase, vaccination or vet record, microchip details, photograph etc. Please also bring with you one proof of your identity i.e. passport, driving licence etc. together with one proof of your address i.e. rent book, utility bill, bank letter etc.
The following charges will be made and have to be paid in full, in cash, together with any veterinary fees incurred during your dog’s stay before the dog can be returned to the owner:
- 0-1 day: £25 mandatory council fine + 1 x £7.00 kennel fee Total fee: £32.00
- 2 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 2 x £7.00 kennel fee Total fee: £39.00
- 3 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 3 x £7.00 kennel fee Total fee: £46.00
- 4 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 4 x £7.00 kennel fee Total fee: £53.00
- 5 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 5 x £7.00 kennel fee Total fee: £60.00
- 6 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 6 x £7.00 kennel fee Total fee: £67.00
- 7 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 7 x £7.00 kennel fee Total fee: £74.00
Please note we do not accept credit or debit cards, and no longer accept cheques.
If you feel that the fine has not been applied correctly by the charity, and you wish to appeal against the council fine, please contact the Education and Enforcement Manager, Durham County Council on 03000 260000, Waste and Environmental Services, Hartlepool Council on 01429 523358, or Environmental Services, Middlesbrough on 01642 726001. Upon collection of your dog it will be entitled to free microchipping, supported by Dogs Trust, free of charge here at the Stray Aid Rescue Centre, Coxhoe. You are welcome to make a donation towards supporting the work of the charity.
NB. It is an offence under the Control of Dogs Order 1992 for a dog to be in a public place without a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on it, even when the owner is in charge of the dog. If your dog does not have a collar and tag, you can be prosecuted and fined up to £5000. The owner commits this offence even if the dog has a microchip.