Dog days are over for stray pooches after rescue deal agreed

9th May 2019
Stray do ots news

A deal has been struck to save stray dogs in Southport.

The council have extended a deal with Animal Wardens Ltd called the Stray Dog Kennelling and Out of Hours Collection Service.

This arrangement was due to end in May, but has been extended for a further five years.
Sefton Council say locals who have concerns over a stray dog should contact them if it’s during working hours, but if it’s out of hours get in touch with Animal Wardens Ltd.

If a stray dog seized and contained on the Sefton Council dog warden vehicle is found to have an owner, a £36 fee will be charged for the return of the pet.

If the council cannot identify or contact the owner, then the dog will be taken to a kennel facility. If an owner then comes forward within 48 hours, the fee goes up to £71 and then £110if its’ after 48 hours.

If an owner is not identified after seven days, re-homing or euthanasia is considered.
A report by the council states:

“Without appropriate dog kennelling facilities, the council would not be able to comply with its statutory responsibilities including the seizure and detention of stray dogs for up to seven clear days after seizure.”