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You can report a stray dog to us.

Our facebook page is updated daily with stray dogs found in Medway.

If you recognise any of the dogs as your own, you can make arrangements to collect them. 

Collection times                                        

Our community wardens collect stray dogs:  

  • Monday to Saturday - 9am to 7pm                                                                  
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays - 9am to 5pm

Dog owners reunited with their pets found by Medway Community Wardens will now have to pay an increased charge for the service.

Previously, a statutory fee of £25 was charged when owners were reunited with their dogs, but due to funding cuts, the amount must increase to cover the cost of running the stray dog service.

As of 3 May 2016 owners must pay £80 plus the £25 statutory fee, reduced to £60 plus the £25 statutory fee, if paid within two weeks of it being requested.

The money will contribute to the cost of running the stray dog service, which includes employing staff, leasing vehicles and associated running costs and the purchase of specialist equipment. Kennelling and any vets fees may be charged separately if appropriate.  

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, local authorities can withhold a dog from its owner until all fees have been paid, but we will not do this. Instead, the owner will be asked to sign a document guaranteeing to pay the fees on receipt of an invoice. This will enable the dogs to be reunited with their owners as soon as possible, which we believe is in the best interests of dogs and their owners.

If the owner cannot be identified or contacted, the dog will be held at kennels. If the dog is not claimed within 7 days, attempts will be made to rehome it. If this is not possible, it may be destroyed.