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Re: Has your dog been rehomed by council/ rescue
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 03:40:49 PM »
 Environmental Protection (Stray Dogs) Regulations 1992 require that a register of seized dogs must contain inter alia 'where the dog was returned to a person claiming to be its owner, the name and address of that person, and the date of return'. That register is a public document and under s.149 (8) the Council must ensure that it is 'available, at all reasonable times, for inspection by the public free of charge'. It's a public record so anybody can go to inspect the register.


A microchip is an aid to reunification but is not regarded as conclusive proof of ownership.

IF YOU THINK YOUR DOG HAS BEEN REUNITED TO ANOTHER OWNER  BY THE DOG WARDEN/COUNCIL, HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:-

To find out the name and address of the people who currently have your dog, which you will be able to obtain from the Council – the Environmental Protection (Stray Dogs) Regulations 1992 require that a register of seized dogs must contain inter alia ‘where the dog was returned to a person claiming to be its owner, the name and address of that person, and the date of return’.

That register is a public document and under s.149 (8) the Council must ensure that it is ‘available, at all reasonable times, for inspection by the public free of charge’.  We have had an owner receive this information by post.

Once their details are known you should contact them and say that you are the true owner of his dog named xxxx stating that they have the dog without your licence, authority or consent and that if the dog is not returned within 7 days that you  will apply to the County Court for a declaration of ownership, an order for the dog’s return and damages for wrongful retention.

It is highly unlikely that Legal Aid would be available for this case and to pursue it through solicitors will undoubtedly be expensive.  In any event, if you are going to pursue the claim you need to get on with it with all due speed since any delay will be held against you.

I must also caution you that as it would be by way of a discretionary remedy, even if you  can persuade the Court that he is still the dogs true owner, the Court might conclude that possession should remain with the current keepers and he should be given damages instead of the return of the dog!!

Things may change with the new legislation, if we can get our points on this heard, but not until 2016!!

If you think this is wrong, write to your MP  http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/

If  you think a microchip should be proof of ownership and that their should be Compulsory Scanning of Microchips then please sign our petition and share, thank you . http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/50401

« Last Edit: April 10, 2014, 08:28:14 AM by K9 »
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