According to the Cornwall Council, hundreds of dogs are reported as stray dogs in Cornwall each year.
In the current financial year 2021/22, 180 dogs were confiscated after they had been reported as strays.
The good news is that 136 of them have been merged with their owners and another 20 have been relocated. Fortunately, no dogs have had to be euthanized this year.
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Last year – 2020/21 – the Cornwall Council dealt with 379 stray dogs and the vast majority, 303, were reunited with their owners.
Another 23 four-legged friends found a new home, but unfortunately one dog had to be euthanized.
The numbers were a sharp drop from the previous year (2019/20) when 531 dogs were confiscated, 75 of which were newly housed and two were euthanized.
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When Cornwall Council receives a report of a stray dog they will normally arrange for a dog protection and enforcement officer to collect the dog during normal working hours.
In the evenings until 10 p.m. and on weekends, the community uses contractors to collect dogs. However, the council cautions that this may not always be possible and people who find dogs may be asked to look after them by the next business day.
The council usually scans all dogs found for a microchip and if so, the owners are contacted to arrange the return of their pet. If the owner can be contacted immediately, the dog will be released and there are normally no kennel fees, although they still have to pay a minimum release fee of £ 80.
So what to do if you’ve lost your dog? First of all, it is advisable to check an online register that the community maintains on the dogs currently collected, or to call the community to report your dog as missing – the number is 0300 1234 212.
When reporting a missing dog, you must provide your contact details; a description of the dog including its breed, color and size; the time, date and location that you lost your dog; and other relevant information, including whether the dog is microchipped.
It is also recommended that you check with your local veterinarian in case your dog has been dropped off there.
If you find your dog has been seized by the council, contact them at the number above – you will need to pay the fees owed and then arrange for the dog to be released.
If your dog was picked up as a stray dog you will be required to pay a minimum release and administration fee of £ 80. And if your dog has been caged there is an additional charge of £ 14 per day. And if you wish to collect your dog outside of opening hours there will be an extra charge of £ 50.
The council will not release a dog until all fees are paid in full. Owners have seven days to claim their pet from the date the dog was found. If the dog is not used after the seventh day, it will be housed again by the municipality and the owner is no longer entitled to the dog.
And what if you find a dog? If the dog has a brand of contact information, try to contact the owner first before going for advice. If you can’t reach the owner or the dog doesn’t have a badge, call the community on 0300 1234 212.
You need to provide your contact details; a description of the dog; and the time, date and location you found the dog.
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