Pendle Dogs in Need

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Stray, Lost and Found Dogs.



Pendle Dogs in Need DO NOT and CAN NOT take in stray dogs they must be reported to the Dog Warden service. 

Pendle Stray, lost and found dogs

If you have lost or found a dog, report it to us on 01282 661743 (or 01282 661999 if outside normal working hours) as soon as possible.Stray dogs

If a dog is out in a public place unattended, it is considered to be stray - even if it is wearing a collar or is microchipped.

Stray dogs can cause road accidents, attack people or animals, foul and cause a general nuisance to local residents.

When a stray dog is reported, the Dog Wardens respond as soon as possible to try and find the dog and bring it to safety. Once the dog has been collected, we do everything possible to reunite the dog with its owners as quickly as possible.

Did you know that if you find a dog you are legally required to report it to your local authority? If you don't, you could be fined up to £500 and be open to allegations of theft.

We often have to take stray dogs to our stray kennels at Aspen Valley, Oswaldtwistle. If this happens, you will have to pay in order to reclaim your dog. Fees are currently:

  • £48 first day charge (this includes a £36 statutory fee)
  • £8.50 per day or part day kennelling charge (from the second day onwards)
  • Costs for any veterinary treatment received by your dog

Dogs are kept at the kennels for seven full days to allow owners time to claim them. If they are not claimed, the dogs are put up for re-homing. In a few cases, health or temperament issues mean they are destroyed.

Lost dogs (also see section below)

If you have lost your dog, there are several things you can do:

  • Phone us on 01282 661743 as soon as possible to report your dog as lost.
  • If you're calling out of hours, phone 01282 661763 and leave a message with the date, time, area and description of your dog, along with your contact details. Your message will be received by the Dog Warden the next working day
  • Contact our stray kennels between 10 - 4 on 01254 233702 to see if your dog has been taken there. Pictures of stray dogs that are in the kennels can be seen on the Aspen Valley Kennels website
  • You can ring vets in the local area in case your dog has been taken there
  • If you live near the border of Pendle, it might be worth ringing the Dog Warden for the neighbouring authority in case it was collected by them and not Pendle
  • Report your dog as lost to the police. Dogs are classed as property. if you report it to the police, they will keep a record and contact you if it is found. The police do not have a responsibility to take in stray dogs - this is now our responsibility

Remember, if your dog has the correct ID tags and is microchipped this helps to ensure it can be returned to you quickly.

Burnley Dog Warden service

Burnley Council has a duty to collect and detain stray dogs.Contact the dog warden on  01282 425011

The dog warden will collect secured stray dogs on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fridays from 9am to 4.15pm. Wed 10am to 4.15pm. They are taken to Pet Hotel, Burnley for safe keeping. 

Owners are able to reclaim their dogs from kennels. However, they are required to pay £50 plus the cost of kenneling, for which there is a daily charge. The council has the power to dispose of the dogs if they remain unclaimed. 

The Environmental Protection Act requires the finder of a stray dog to: Return the dog to its owner, or Contact Burnley Council using our online service. Outside council business hours, contact our out of hours service - telephone 01254 397212. 

Pet Hotel, Burnley, operates this service on behalf of the council (Monday to Friday from 5pm to 10pm and weekends/bank holidays from 10am to 4pm) 

If the finder fails to take one of these courses of action, he/she will have committed an offence and would be liable, upon conviction, to a fine. 

If the finder requests to keep the dog, he/she must provide the council with contact details and a description of the dog. The dog warden is required to keep a record of this information. Regulations require that the dog warden will have to make appropriate enquiries to make sure that the finder is a suitable person to keep the dog. The finder will then be informed verbally and in writing that he/she is obliged to keep the dog (if unclaimed by the owner) for no less than one month and that failure to comply with that obligation is a criminal offence.   

Other Council Dog Wardens

Lost your dog?

Immediately contact your local dog warden:

You can get in touch with the dog warden by contacting your local council. Give them as much information as you can. Details of coloring, coat type, size, age, distinguishing marks, sex, breed, identification used etc. Ensure that the contact numbers you give are reachable 24 hours a day. If you closely border other council areas, it will be worth your while to also contact neighboring councils. Ask what kennels the dog wardens use to house stray dogs. Please note that many councils are now operating out of hours – please check with your local authority for further details.

Contact the police for the area in which you lost your dog:

The police are no longer responsible for the receipt of stray dogs. However, some stations still have an active missing & found register and some are still contracted to take in strays. PLEASE NOTE – police are still responsible for dogs that have been stolen. Please contact your local station for further advice.

Contact your local vets:

Look online or in your local yellow pages for their contact details, phone through your missing dog report; most vets do keep a lost and found book. Again make sure you describe your dog accurately. Get posters into the ones most local to you.

Is your dog permanently identifiable?

A lot of dogs are now identifiable by means of a microchip. If your dog is microchipped please contact Petlog on 0844 4633 999 ( . When contacting please ensure that your contact information is up to date.

Contact Doglost:

Contact Doglost as soon as possible on 0844 8003220 or It is important that Doglost have a jpg photograph of your missing dog so they can build your poster so email your photo to admin, include your dog’s name and the postcode of where the dog went missing.

Personally visit your local stray dog kennels:

Always pay regular visits to your local stray dog kennels. Remember, your dog is only unique to you! Do not rely on someone at the end of the phone to identify a dog as yours. Many lost dogs are not reunited with their owners because of this simple mistake. Most stray dogs only get 7 days waiting before they can be rehomed so please keep this in mind.

Is your dog insured?

If your dog is insured contact the insurance company and let them know your dog is missing or stolen. You may be able to get help towards advertising costs. Please contact your insurance company for further information.

POSTER, POSTER, POSTER and other things you can do!!

It’s important that you get the posters of your missing dog out as quickly as possible.

Place posters in/on:

Bus shelters


Shopping areas



Grooming parlours

Post offices



Takeaway food shops

Dog walking areas

Dog training clubs


An A4 poster can also be placed in your car window, these can be printed if you have registered your dog on their site

The smaller posters can be handed out to local postmen, refuse collectors, milkmen and can be delivered door to door.

Contact us with a full description, a contact number and if possible a recent clear photo and we'l post on facebook....