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Dog Warden Service

Middlesbrough Council's Dog Warden Service aims to promote responsible dog ownership and control nuisance.

Stray dogs

A 'stray' dog is any dog which is out in a public place and is unattended, regardless of whether it's wearing a collar or is microchipped. The dog may have been let out for exercise on its own, or may be an escaped pet. Stray dogs can cause problems including road accidents, attacks on children or adults, indiscriminate fouling, and attacks on other dogs or animals.

The dog wardens are responsible for the seizure of stray dogs in Middlesbrough. Any dog that is unsupervised in a public place (including gated alleys) may be seized by a dog warden.

We always try to return dogs to their owners, but in many cases there is no way of identifying to whom they belong. Stray dogs are taken to secure kennels to allow owners to come forward and claim them. Unfortunately many remain unclaimed. Photos of stray dogs picked up by the council are displayed on the Stray Aid website.

You can report a stray dog by completing the online form. Alternatively, you can call the Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.

Out of hours service

If you find a stray dog out of office hours (4.30pm to 9am) you should let us know by calling the out of hours service on 01642 726050.

There is no collection service outside normal office hours and you'll be asked to either keep the dog until the next working day when it will be collected by the dog warden, or requested to take the dog to the council's out of hours drop off centre. This must only be done by arrangement and you'll be advised of the correct procedure when you call.