Lost and found dogs

The council has a duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 149 to collect and detain stray dogs.

Stray dogs are returned to their owner provided the owner can be identified, by the dog wearing a collar and tag or if they are microchipped.

If the owner can't be identified the dog will be taken to Portsmouth City Council Stray Dog Kennels.

After a period of 7 days, legal ownership passes to East Hampshire District Council who will then try to find a new home for the dog.

Dog owners responsibilities

By law, your dog must:

  • wear a collar with your name and address on it. If it doesn’t wear a collar, you could be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000
  • be microchipped and registered with up to date details.

If you lose or find a dog

If you lose or find a dog between 9am and 5pm (office hours), please report it to us by calling 01730 234318. Our Animal Welfare Officers will then collect the stray dog as soon as possible.

We use Portsmouth City Council Stray Dog Kennels to hold stray dogs. The kennels are open to the public to reclaim their dogs between 9am and 6pm. To contact the Stray Dog Kennels, please call 023 9268 8181.

If you lose or find a dog outside of office hours, please phone our Stray Dog Acceptance Point on 023 9268 8181. The owner may have already contacted the kennels and they can put you in touch to arrange reunification.

Please be advised that the kennels will be unable to collect the lost or stray dog.

Collecting a dog from the kennels

When collecting your dog, take some identification with your name and address on, such as a driving licence.

You will also need to provide proof of ownership of the dog you are collecting. A dog will not be given back unless we are satisfied that you are its rightful owner.


There will be charges to pay if your dog was collected by the animal welfare officers or taken to the reception centre.

You must pay full kennelling rates directly to the kennels for every day or part-day that your dog was there.

You must pay any vet bills incurred while your dog was at the kennels.

You must pay the statutory fee of £25 plus a handling charge of £11 per animal.

If your dog was taken to the reception centre outside the council's normal working hours, there will be an extra charge of £25.