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 will be taken to Portsmouth City Council Stray Dog Kennels.

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 have lost a dog or you find a stray dog

On working days between 9am and 5pm:

  • Report the stray dog to the Animal Welfare Officers on 023 9244 6016, who will collect the animal as soon as possible. You could also inform your local vets and, if you are close to the district boundary, contact the neighbouring council’s Animal Welfare Officers.
  • Havant Borough Council use the Portsmouth City Council Stray Dog Kennels to hold stray dogs; the kennel opening hours can be found on their website or by calling 023 9268 8181.

Portsmouth City Council Stray Dog Kennels are located on; Great Salterns Farm, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5HH.

Outside the above hours, but between 9am and 10pm: please telephone our Stray Dog Acceptance Point on 023 9268 8181 if you have found or lost a dog. The owner may have already contacted the kennels and they can put finder and owner in contact to arrange reunification.

Please note: the Stray Dog Acceptance Point is unable to go out to collect a stray dog but can take one in if the finder is prepared to take the dog to kennels during out of hours.

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 ehealth@havant.gov.uk, ensuring the subject field includes 'found dog'.

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

Collecting a dog from the kennels

When collecting your dog, take some identification with your name and address on, such as a driving licence. You will also need to provide proof of ownership of the dog you are collecting. A dog will not be given back unless we are satisfied that you are its rightful owner.

Any charges incurred during the dog's stay must be paid to the kennels or, if you prefer, directly to the Council before the dog is released.

Details of charges:

  1. Full kennelling rates for every day or part-day that your dog was at the kennels.
  2. Any vet bills incurred while your dog was at the kennels.
  3. A statutory fee of £25.

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.