Stray dogs

Dog owners have a responsibility to make sure their dog is not able to run off. Any dog found wandering in a public place alone is classed as a stray and dealt with under strict legislation as part of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

All stray dogs will be taken to kennels and owners have to pay a statutory fine and administration costs to get them back.

Losing a dog

If you’ve lost your dog, please contact Noah’s Ark Environmental Services Ltd who provide dog collection services on behalf of the council. You can call 0333 577 5070, or email

You can also contact local veterinary services and register your pet on

Finding a stray dog

If you find a stray dog, please try to keep it contained if you feel it’s safe to do so. The collection service does not come out to reports of a dog roaming the area.

Calling the service results in a cost to the council that can’t always be recovered – especially if the owner turns up before the wardens do - so the ideal outcome is for the owner to be found. The owners might already be out looking for their dog, or there may be contact details on the dog’s collar.

If you have a stray and can’t find the owner, please contact Noah’s Ark Environmental Services using the details in the section above. The collection service operates from 8.30am to 10pm, seven days a week, including Bank Holidays.

Collecting dogs from the kennels

If your dog has been picked up as a stray, it has most likely been taken to Ninestones Kennels, Wishaw Lane, Curdworth, B76 9EA (Tel: 01675 470274).

You can arrange to identify and collect your pet between 8.45am and 7pm, seven days a week. Costs must be paid in full before they can be returned to you.

Where an owner can be traced but decides not to collect their dog, we will still seek to recover the cost of picking up the dog, investigating who it belongs to and kennelling.

If a dog isn’t claimed within seven days, the owner loses all rights to its return, at which point it will be rehomed if possible. In some cases, if a dog can’t be rehomed, it may end up being put down.

Total Charges  

Collection of Dog    Fee         
Same day - Early collection discount applied  £97
One night kennelling  £123
Two nights kennelling  £149
Three nights kennelling  £175
Four nights kennelling  £201
Five nights kennelling  £227
Six nights kennelling  £253
Seven nights kennelling  £279

Keeping a stray dog

You are legally required to let us know if you have found a stray dog by reporting it to Noah’s Ark. However, if the owners can’t be located, it might be possible for you to keep it, but this must be discussed with Noah’s Ark.

Useful information

  • Dog control orders – see which areas of Tamworth require dogs to be on a lead at all times.