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Carlisle strays welfare

Animal Welfare

If you suspect that an animal of any kind is being subjected to any form or cruelty then the only organisation that can legally deal with this is the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to contact the National Cruelty Helpline 0300 1234 999.

Carlisle City Council has formal links with the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in enforcing national legislation governing the health and welfare of farm animals. This includes responding to complaints of neglect or ill treatment of livestock on farms, during transport, at markets etc.

The identification and registration schemes that are in place to control animal movements are also overseen by Carlisle City Council along with the issuing of animal movement licences for on farm movements and movements to slaughter.

Carlisle City Council enforces:

  • The control of stray dogs (Dog Warden service)
  • Noise Control (Barking Dogs)
  • Fouling of Land by Dogs

Stray Dogs

A stray is any dog that is unaccompanied by its owner, or a person representing them, in a public place, or in a private place in which it should not be (such as on somebody else’s property).

How to report a stray dog

If you have found a dog or see a stray dog you can contact Carlisle City Council on 01228 817399. If the dog is contained we will make arrangements for the dog to be collected from you, if you are reporting a dog straying but not contained, then we will record this information and if possible attend the location where the dog has been seen, please note an officer will only attend if there is a risk to the public, i.e. the dog is in a children’s play area and/or school, if possible the person reporting the dog should stay with the dog.

If the dog is believed to be dangerous then the matter should be referred to the police in the first instance. We work with partners to provide an out of hour’s service but this is only for the collection of a stray that has been contained. If you have found a dog between the hours of 6pm and 10pm Monday to Friday you can contact us on 01228 817399 (you will be given instructions on what number to dial) This includes weekends between the hours of 8am-10pm, and Bank Holidays excluding Christmas Day.

Where dogs are returned home with out being kennelled £30
STRAY DOGS (Inclusive – VAT not applicable) current charges
Day 1 (£25 fine; £20 collection and administration; £15 kennelling) £60
Day 2 £75
Day 3 £90
Day 4 £105
Day 5 £120
Day6 £135
Day 7 £150
Discretionary Weekend charge (Friday 4pm to Monday 8am) £15
This is plus fine collection and administration fee (£45) Total £60
and any additional kennelling days in addition to the weekend at £15 per day. £15 per day


Responsible Dog Ownership
A responsible dog owner will do everything they can to keep their pet and others safe.

When a dog is in any public place, it must wear a collar with a tag or badge giving the name and address of its owner. If your dog is wearing a collar with identification there is more chance of it being returned to you safely.

You can also use a microchip or tattoo to permanently identify their pet. Please remember though, microchips and tattoos do not replace the need for your dog to have a collar and tag.

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