If a dog is roaming freely in a public place and not under the control of any person it is treated as a stray dog. Our dog wardens deal with reports of stray dogs.
Dogs that are picked up are well looked after in kennels for a seven day period, after which time they may be re-homed.
If a stray dog is impounded a release fee (including any veterinary expenses) must be paid to the council. The dog will not be released and reunited with its owner until the fees have been paid in full. There is no provision for payment by instalment. Payments should be made at the Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road.
The release fee is £60 plus £13 for each day / part day spent in the kennels.
What do I do if my dog has gone missing?
If you have lost your dog and think it may have been picked up as a stray, please telephone us on 01792 635600.
What do I do if I have found a stray dog?
During office hours, telephone us on 01792 635600 and an animal warden will come and collect the dog from you where practicable.
Any dog found straying during or outside office hours can be taken to the council's acceptance point at the Security Office, Pipehouse Wharf, Morfa Road, Swansea, SA1 2EN or keep the dog until the next working day and contact us for collection. A map of the location of the Security Office, Pipehouse Wharf is available below.
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Collars and tags
It is an offence to allow any dog in a public place without a collar with the name and address of the owner attached. Offenders may be fined up to £500.
Stray dogs we have collected may be available for re-homing if they are not collected by their owner within seven days. It is the council's policy not to re-home dogs in the same area where they were found straying. We charge £95 to rehome a stray dog.
If you are interested in re-homing a stray dog please contact us on 01792 635600. An animal warden will arrange to carry out a home-check if you live in Swansea, to make sure that you and your home are suitable and ready to offer a stray a new home.