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        How to get my strayed dog back?

        Please note the council provide a stray dog service Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm.  Excluding Public Holidays.

        1. The statutory Government prescribed fee of £25 and a £80 administration fee* (implemented from 1 September 2017)  is payable before a dog can be returned. This is to be paid via the call centre on 01843 577000 or in the Gateway Margate. (The Dog warden will be able to advise to the fee required.) Any vets fees may be charged separately, if appropriate.
        2. The Dog Wardens will try to return a dog home if the owner can be located. The dog will otherwise be taken to kennels. Kennelling fees of £13.00 per day will be charged along with the statutory Government prescribed fee and administration fee*.
        3. Unclaimed dogs will be kept for 7 clear days, and attempts will be made to rehome it or give it to a dog rescue centre. If this is not possible, it may be destroyed. However, the council has never had a healthy dog destroyed.

        * The introduction of the administration fee of £80.00 since 1 September 2017 will contribute to the cost of running the stray dog service, which includes employing staff, leasing vehicles, delivering dogs, associated running costs and the purchase of specialist equipment.


        The Control of Dogs Order 1992 makes it an offence for a dog not to wear a collar bearing the name and address of the owner. Failure to observe this law could lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £2,000. You must
        Ensure that your dog has a collar with an up-to-date tag at all times.
        Make sure that your garden is escape-proof before you leave your dog alone there.
        Do not allow your dog to run loose on it’s own. This is irresponsible and unfair on other residents.
        Report dogs that regularly stray to the Dog Wardens.

        The Environmental Protection Act 1990 places a duty on councils to collect stray dogs.



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