After a stray dog is reported
The Council has a duty to collect and impound dogs that are found straying in a public place and are not accompanied by their owner or a person in charge.
No other organisation or charity can collect a stray dog and you should not hand a stray dog over to anyone but the owner or the Council's Animal Welfare Officer /out-of-hours dog warden.
Once reported, the Council's Animal Welfare Officer will collect the dog and will check to see if it has a microchip, or any collar/tag identification required by law.
If the dog is microchipped it will hopefully be possible to establish ownership and to contact the owner to let them know their dog has been found. Find out more about microchipping.
If it is not possible to contact the owner or the dog has no accurate means of identification, the Council's Animal Welfare Officer will take the dog to West Hall Kennels, Cleadon Lane, Whitburn.
Please note: dogs collected out of normal office hours will not be scanned for microchip details and will be taken direct to West Hall Kennels, Cleadon Lane, Whitburn.