Stray dogs and reclaiming a dog


  • Stray dogs
    • My dog has gone missing, what do I do?
    • What if I find a stray dog?
  • Reclaim a dog
    • How much will I have to pay?
    • Where Do I Pay The Fee?
    • What Happens Next?

Stray dogs

My dog has gone missing, what do I do?

Any unattended dog in a public place is classed as a stray dog. If the Dog Warden finds a stray dog, he will collect it and take it to the Council’s appointed holding kennels at Carlton Forest Boarding Kennels.

If you have lost a dog, we may be able to locate it. Please telephone the Dog Warden service on 01909 533533. All dogs found by the warden or handed into him by the public are scanned for a Microchip and the registered owner contacted wherever possible. The warden will then use his discretion in deciding whether to return the dog directly to the owner or to kennel the dog and inform the owner.

Bassetlaw District Councils' registered holding kennel is Carlton Forest Boarding Kennels.

Usually if the dog is not a recognised “regular roamer” the warden will attempt to return the dog, providing that it is carrying an identity tag and/or a microchip.

Please be aware it is a legal requirement to have a collar and tag on any dog in a public place showing the name and address of the owner, even if the dog is microchipped.

What if I find a stray dog?

If you find a stray dog, under the law, you must report it to the local council.  The Council’s Dog Warden can come out and scan the dog to see whether it is chipped and, wherever possible, he will try to reunite it with its owners. If the dog is not chipped it will be taken to the Registered Holding Kennels.

Stray dogs will be held at the kennels for 7 days to allow the owner to come forward and reclaim the pet. If this does not happen, the animal will be put up for re-homing by the kennels.

If you find a dog during office hours (Monday to Friday 8.40am to 5pm) you should inform the Dog Warden straight away on 01909 533764.

If you find a dog outside of office hours and are unable to keep it safe until the dog warden can collect it, you may take it to:-

  • Carlton Forest Boarding Kennels (BDC Registered Holding kennels)
  • Address: Glebe House, Blyth Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0TP
  • Telephone: 01909 731792
  • Mobile: 07811 117067

Please telephone the kennels before calling, so that kennel staff can be available to accept the dog. You will also need to take proof of your address with you.

Reclaim a dog

Any stray dog seized by the Council’s Dog Warden or handed in at the Council’s appointed kennels will be kennelled for a period of seven clear days during which time the dog may be collected by the owner.

If the owner does not reclaim their dog within the 8 day period, every attempt will be made to re-home the dog.

Owners will, however, be required to pay an appropriate fee before their dog will be released.

How much will I have to pay?

From 1st April 2023 the fees are as follows:

The fees are (£68.00 of the fee below goes to the Council):

Day 1 - £77 (day of kennelling)
Day 2 - £86.00
Day 3 - £95.00
Day 4 - £104.00
Day 5 - £113.00
Day 6 - £122.00
Day 7 - £131.00
Day 8 - £140.00

(If the kennels hold more than 1 of your dogs, a separate fee will apply to each dog).

Where Do I Pay The Fee?

Between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday, at Bassetlaw District Council, Queen’s Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop, Notts. S80 2AH
(By Card Payment).

All other times, by arrangement with the Kennels. Please telephone the Kennels on 07811 117067 to make arrangements before visiting. (The kennels cannot accept cheques).

What Happens Next?

On payment of the appropriate fee, the Council will fill in the release paperwork and will give you a copy.

The Council will then telephone the Kennels to let them know you are on your way to collect your dog. You will need to collect your dog as soon as possible.

On arrival at the Kennels, you will need to produce your copy of the release paperwork before collecting your dog.

Important: All queries relating to these fees should be addressed to the Dog Warden Service, Bassetlaw District Council, Queen’s Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop, Notts. S80 2AH. Telephone 01909 533 533 or email during normal office hours.

Last Updated on Monday, April 3, 2023