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Stray dogs

​A stray dog is a dog unaccompanied by its owner (or other authorized person) that's in a public place or in a place it's not permitted to be.

Reporting a stray dog

You can report a stray dog here. Please note that the dog warden will attempt to collect 'loose' stray dogs between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Between 5pm and 1am, Monday to Friday, and at weekends and bank holidays, the dog warden will collect stray dogs that have been secured.

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You can also take stray and unwanted dogs to Manchester Dogs Home, please contact them in advance by calling 0844 501212.


What happens to lost or found dogs?

Stray dogs found are taken to Manchester Dogs Home. Call 0844 501212 to check if your dog has been handed in. You can reclaim your dog once a fee is paid.

The animal wardens will accept details of dogs that have been lost or found and retained by the finder. This is in hope that they can be reunited with their owners. You can also search the Dog Lost website for lost and found dogs.

Thinking of getting a dog?

DogsTrust can help if you're thinking of getting a puppy. Call 01325 335055 for a FREE information pack and DVD.


0300 303 8871

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

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