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Free Microchipping at Stray Aid

For dogs over 6 months of age that are resident in Durham, Hartlepool or Middlesbrough, they can be microchipped free of charge at the rescue centre. Please ring 0300 9994247 for details

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Council Found Dogs

We had a phone call this morning from someone whose dog was in the pound but was not chipped. He was scared to come and collect it incase he got a £500 fine. Can I PLEASE reassure you, if your dog is in the pound and you come for it, we will be happy to chip it for you FREE OF CHARGE, and there will be NO additional fine (just the usual £25 fine for the offence of straying plus a fee for kennelling) Only if you REFUSE to have it chipped, will you be given 21 days to get it done and then if it is still not done the £500 fine may be applied. So those of you who just haven't got round to it yet, please don't worry, we are here to help you!

These dogs, pictured below, are in the care of the local council. Dogs shown in this section have been found straying by a dog warden or a concerned member of the public. Your dog has been brought to the County Pound at Coxhoe because:

  • It was out unaccompanied, not wearing an identity disc (which is required under the Environmental Protection Act 1990), or,
  • It was not possible for the finder to contact you on the details available at the time, or,
  • Your dog has been collected as a stray before.
PLEASE NOTE, HAVING YOUR PET MICROCHIPPED DOES NOT GIVE IT THE RIGHT TO STRAY.
 
All dogs brought to the charity’s kennels are photographed on arrival and given a unique reference number. Please use this number when contacting the charity. Please see images below.
 

They are checked for any obvious injuries and held by Stray Aid on behalf of the council for at least 7 days. During this time we will attempt to find the owner of the dog. An owner should collect his dog from the council’s facility as soon as possible. The kennels are open every day between 9am and 9pm for returning of stray dogs to owners. Although the council and the charity will try to locate the owner no responsibility will be accepted if the dog is not collected during this period.

The council operates a non-destruct policy and in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 all dogs seized as strays by the council will become the property of the council after they have been kept for a mandatory period of 7 days and remain unclaimed by the owner. The dog will be rehomed on behalf of the council by the charity and the previous owner will have no legal claim to it. Any proceeds from the sale of this dog will be used by the charity to subsidise the service provided to the public on behalf of the council. Stray Aid makes every effort to rehome as many dogs as possible and will not destroy a rehomeable dog.

If you believe you are the owner of one of these dogs, please contact the charity on 0300 9994247, quote the dog’s unique reference number and leave your contact details. To assist us in returning your dog, please bring with you any proof of ownership you may have i.e. pedigree papers, receipt for purchase, vaccination or vet record, microchip details, photograph etc. Please also bring with you one proof of your identity i.e. passport, driving licence etc. together with one proof of your address i.e. rent book, utility bill, bank letter etc.

The following charges will be made and have to be paid in full, in cash, together with any veterinary fees incurred during your dog’s stay before the dog can be returned to the owner:

  • 0-1 day: £25 mandatory council fine + 1 x £7.00 kennel fee               Total fee: £32.00
  • 2 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 2 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £39.00
  • 3 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 3 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £46.00
  • 4 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 4 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £53.00
  • 5 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 5 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £60.00
  • 6 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 6 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £67.00
  • 7 dates: £25 mandatory council fine + 7 x £7.00 kennel fee                Total fee: £74.00

 Please note we do not accept credit or debit cards, and no longer accept cheques.

If you feel that the fine has not been applied correctly by the charity, and you wish to appeal against the council fine, please contact the Education and Enforcement Manager, Durham County Council on 03000 260000, Waste and Environmental Services, Hartlepool Council on 01429 523358, or Environmental Services, Middlesbrough on 01642 726001. Upon collection of your dog it will be entitled to free microchipping, supported by Dogs Trust, free of charge here at the Stray Aid Rescue Centre, Coxhoe. You are welcome to make a donation towards supporting the work of the charity.

NB. It is an offence under the Control of Dogs Order 1992 for a dog to be in a public place without a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on it, even when the owner is in charge of the dog. If your dog does not have a collar and tag, you can be prosecuted and fined up to £5000. The owner commits this offence even if the dog has a microchip.

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