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Animals - stray: Outline

Stray Dogs

Any dog found wandering in a public place alone is classed as a stray and will be dealt with by the Dog Warden under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

All dogs are classed as a stray if they do not have a collar on, but there a few exceptions,

These are as follows:

  • Dogs used on official Armed Forces
  • HM Customs or Police duties
  • Dogs used for sporting purposes and packs of hounds
  • Dogs used for the capture or destruction of vermin
  • Sheep dogs or other dogs used for driving cattle
  • Guide dogs
  • Dogs used for emergency rescue work

For more information on stray dogs and the Dog Warden service please see here.


Normal office hours Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm (except public holidays)

Contact: Animal Warden

Telephone: 0845 2417253

Stubbylee Hall, Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13 0DE

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