Lost and found dogs

The council has a duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 149 to collect and detain stray dogs.

Stray dogs are returned to their owner provided the owner can be identified, by the dog wearing a collar and tag or if they are microchipped. 

If the owner can't be identified the dog is taken to Havant Borough Council's kennels or if deemed more appropriate, placed in foster care, if a suitable placement can be found.

After a period of 7 days, legal ownership passes to Havant Borough Council who will then try to find a new home for the dog.

If you are interested in providing a home or would be prepared to foster a dog until a suitable home can be found please contact us.

If you have lost a dog or you find a stray dog

  • On weekdays contact us between 9am and 5pm on (023) 9244 6667.
  • On weekends and public holidays between 10am and 4pm contact us on 07917 462868

Under Section 150 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the finder of a stray dog must:

  • Return the dog to its owner or
  • Contact the local authority responsible for the area where the dog was found.

Please note that it is a criminal offence not to report a stray dog, which upon conviction, could lead to a fine.

Reporting a stray or lost dog

You will need to provide the following information to report a stray or lost dog:

  • Your name, address and telephone number
  • Detailed information on the dog eg breed, colour, size of dog, distinguishing marks and if it is wearing a collar,
  • Last time you saw the dog
  • Where you saw the dog (location)
  • In the case of a lost dog, if you can email us a photograph of the dog to ehenvironment@havant.gov.uk, ensuring the subject field includes 'found dog'.

Keeping a stray dog

If a dog is in the finder's possession and remains unclaimed after 28 days the finder is allowed to keep it providing the conditions are appropriate.

Many dogs which are lost can be returned directly to their owners if they are wearing an up to date identity tag with the owner's name and address.

Please ensure that your own dog wears a tag at all times as it is an offence for a dog to be in a public place without one, even if a dog has been microchipped.