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IF YOU HAVE FOUND A DOG-- THE LAW!!
« on: July 20, 2007, 12:49:15 PM »
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  If you find a dog you are required by law to report it to the . dogwarden./local authority
It will help if you report it to local vets and rescue centres.
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If your dog has been found it could be many miles away. Some people who find dogs may keep them for several weeks before deciding to hand them over to a rescue centre!
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A DOG
 If the dog is familiar with the territory it is not lost. Some dogs like to wander around their territory and some lazy owners let them. If you are afraid it may be run down you can attach a lead or a rope to it and let it take you to its home. This may take some time as it may not be in any hurry to go home since as far as it is concerned it is out for a walk!

If the dog is injured take it to your local vet. The vet can treat it and check it for a microchip. Inform the local Police, giving them a description of the dog, where you found it and where it is now.
If you believe the dog to have been dumped e.g. you found it on the motorway; you can take it to a local rescue organisation and ask them to check it for a microchip. They may also take the dog in as a stray but they may require paying to do so. Make sure you inform the police what you have done with the dog - don't leave it to the rescue to do so. You should also contact your council dog warden as they may know who the dog belongs to.

Keep checking the area where you found the dog as the owners may put up 'lost dog' posters

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 150 requires the finder of a stray dog to:

Return the dog to its owner; or
Contact the Local Authority for the area in which the dog was found;
If the finder fails to take one of these courses of action, he will have committed an offence and would be liable, upon conviction, to a fine
« Last Edit: May 17, 2015, 08:40:29 PM by K9 »
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Re: IF YOU HAVE FOUND A DOG-- THE LAW!!
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008, 01:37:54 PM »
Procedure where finder desires to keep a stray dog
4.—(1) This regulation prescribes the procedure to be followed by the officer for the purposes of section 150(2)(a) before a finder desiring to keep a stray dog is allowed to remove it.

(2) The officer shall make a clear and accurate record of the following matters in a permanent form suitable for reference purposes—
(a) a brief description of the dog, including its breed (if known), and any distinctive physical characteristics or markings, tattoos or scars;
(b) any information which is recorded on a tag or collar worn by, or which is otherwise carried by, the dog;
© the date, time and place of the finding of the dog; and
(d) the name and address of the finder.

(3) Where the owner of the dog can be identified and can readily be contacted, the officer shall make reasonable attempts to contact him, and, if appropriate in the circumstances of the case, afford him forthwith a reasonable opportunity to collect the dog.

(4) The officer shall make all such enquiries as he considers appropriate in the circumstances of the case to ascertain that the finder is a fit and proper person to keep the dog, and that he is able to feed and care for it.

(5) The officer shall inform the finder both verbally and in writing that the finder is obliged under section 150(3) to keep the dog (if unclaimed by the owner) for not less than one month, and that failure to comply with that obligation is a criminal offence.
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Re: IF YOU HAVE FOUND A DOG-- THE LAW!!
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 05:31:50 PM »
updated info
Local Authorities (Councils), have a duty to appoint a dog warden who's job it is to seize and control stray dogs within its jurisdiction. Authority is given under two acts of parliament - the Environmental Protection act of 1990 (sections 149/150/151) and - the Environmental Protection (Stray Dogs) Regulations 1992
The law states that a dog is the property of its human owner. If you keep a stray dog and do nothing, it may be regarded that you are deliberately trying to deprive that owner of their property - stealing by finding. If found out, you may be prosecuted and the dogs original owner may also be able to sue you for compensation.. By law the local authority should be informed through their Dog Warden Service which usually works through the Local Council Environmental Health Department.
It is only after a period of time - defined by law - that a dog, if unclaimed, ceases to be the property of the original owner and becomes the property of the local authority who can then deal with the dog as though it were their own.
If the dog goes to the local 'dog pound', it is kept for 7 days and then becomes the property of the council. If the owners turn up during this time they can reclaim the dog and pay a release fee. If they turn up after 7 days they may have lost their legal right to the ownership of the dog, but if the dog has not been re-homed or PTS they may still be able to get the dog back.
After 7 days in the 'dog pound' the dog is usually passed on to the ownership of the people who run the pound who will then seek to find a new home for it. Sometimes the dog is passed on to a local animal rescue group for re-homing. Sometimes a local animal rescue group is already the official licensed 'dog pound'. In a very few areas, dogs are still destroyed after 7 days - but this is rare.
If the dog stays with the finder it has to be kept for at least 28 days. If during this time, the owners turn up they can claim the dog back. They may or may not have to pay a release fee or fine to the council, but you will not be legally entitled to demand any payment towards food, keep or veterinary costs you may have incurred and you will have to give them the dog back. If they do not turn up within 28 days, the Dog Wardens will allow you to keep the dog but under this system it will not become your property. If the original owners turn up after this time you may be be obliged to pass the dog back to them and they may take legal action to force you, and seek compensation, if you refuse .
The only persons legally entitled to hold a stray dog are the appointed and licensed 'dog pound' or a person appointed by the Dog Warden to be the legally defined 'finder'. You will not be able to pass a stray on to an animal rescue organisation and they will not legally be able to take it from you without the prior agreement and authorisation of the Dog Warden who are unlikely to be able to give consent as their local authority will be contracted to a particular kennels as their licensed 'pound'. If a rescue organisation is not a licensed dog pound they should not take the dog from you. If they do, they may be breaking the law.
If you do not notify the Dog Warden that you have found a stray within a certain period of time - usually 48 hrs - the Dog Warden may refuse to take the dog into their care. You will not be able to pass the dog onto an animal rescue organisation because you are not the legal owner of the dog and rescue groups are only allowed to take in dogs from their legal owners who sign ownership over to them. You will be legally responsible for the care of the dog and will not be able to abandon the dog, as this is an offence. You, and the dog, may find yourself in a legal limbo situation, where, by law, you cannot part with the dog and are responsible for its care and welfare and, by law, if the dogs original owner makes a claim with proof of ownership, you are obliged to return the dog to them.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2012, 10:54:15 PM by K9 »
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Re: IF YOU HAVE FOUND A DOG-- THE LAW!!
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2014, 07:36:47 PM »
He is your friend,your partner, your defender,Your Dog! You are his life,his love,his leader! He will be yours,faithful and true to the last beat of his heart! You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion!
SAVING ONE DOG MAY NOT CHANGE THE WORLD BUT IT SURE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THAT ONE DOG