Sadly, thousands of dogs are
abandoned by their owners every year for various reasons. It is a
criminal offence to purposefully fail to provide a dog’s essential
needs by abandoning it. For more information about animal welfare
legislation, please see the Animal Welfare Advice section of the A-Z.
What should you do if you find an
If you find an abandoned dog, you
should contact your local authority who will advise you what to
do or they will come and collect the dog.
What happens to abandoned dogs in
Abandoned dogs are taken into the
care of local authorities by dog wardens. This applies to dogs found
roaming the streets or reported by members of the public. It is
the responsibility of the local authority to deal with abandoned
dogs at all times; this responsibility no longer lies with the police
except in Scotland where responsibility is shared.
City Dogs Homes is unable to accept
or collect any stray or abandoned dogs from the streets. Only the
Local Authority has a legal responsibility and authority to accept
and care for stray dogs. The law states that the dog owner has seven
days in which to collect their dog from the Local Authority. Once
this seven day period is over, the Local Authority is at liberty
to hand over the stray or abandoned dogs to Dogs Homes.
Wherever possible we will take stray
and abandoned dogs into our rehoming centres and will then try to
find loving new homes for them.