Stray dogs

We keep a register of lost and found dogs in the Borough.

Report a stray dog

You can report a stray dog to our partners the London Borough of Wandsworth’s Animal Welfare Team.

Dogs will be collected if they are tethered or securely held and are usually taken to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home or other kennels we use.

Weekdays

From 7am to 9pm call 020 8871 7606 or email dogcontrol@wandsworth.gov.uk.

From 9pm to 7am call 020 8871 7490.

Weekends and Bank Holidays

At any time call 020 8871 7490.

If you have lost a dog

You can report a lost dog to the London Borough of Wandsworth Animal Welfare Team on 020 8871 7606 or at dogcontrol@wandsworth.gov.uk and to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Charges for stray dogs

If your dog strays and is picked up by us, you will have to pay the costs involved. Costs can be considerable and are as follows:

  • Vet's fees (full costs);
  • A pick up fee of £105 for the first time that the dog is picked up by us;
  • If the dog is picked up on more than one occasion, a pick up fee of £221 plus £57 per hour if collection takes more than two hours;
  • Kennelling charges at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home or other kennel we use(full cost); and
  • Delivery fees will also be charged if the dog is taken to kennels other than Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The law and responsible dog ownership

Your dog must wear a collar and tag when in a public place. You should also keep your dog on a lead.

You must make sure your dog is microchipped by the time it is eight weeks old and keep the information on the chip up to date. Find out more information about microchipping(pdf, 322KB).

Failure to meet these requirements can result in a substantial fine.

Responsible dog ownership can prevent your dog from straying or ensure that you are notified if your dog is lost.

A lost/stray dog can cause problems:

  • Distress for owners when dogs are lost
  • Dogs get distressed when lost
  • Stray dogs can become involved in traffic accidents (and owners can be held responsible for damages and injuries caused)

Further information about dog welfare is available on the RSPCA website.

Updated: 22 April 2016