Stray dogs

Sad-looking dog.

What should I do if I find a stray dog?

Between the hours of 08:30 - 17:00 Monday- Friday, any matters relating to stray dogs should be brought to the attention of the council's dog warden. To help the dog warden locate the stray you should provide a description of the dog and details of where you last saw it.

Anyone finding a stray dog outwith these hours, on public holidays or at weekends, should contact the nearest police station.

What happens to stray dogs?

Stray dogs will be taken to the Lothian Dog Home (in Rosewell, Midlothian) and kept for 7 days.  During this time the owner can reclaim the dog on payment of the appropriate fee and kennel charges.   A stray dog not reclaimed by its owner within 7 days will be available for re-homing.

Kennelling Fees

A fee of £17.10 will be charged. 

After the first 3 days of stay a kennelling fee of £4.40 will be charged per day.

If you have lost your dog

To check if your dog has been taken to Lothian Dog Home phone Midlothian Council or the kennels and provide the following information:-

  • Where and when you lost your dog
  • A description of your dog, including breed and colour
  • Whether your dog has a collar and tag
  • If your dog has been ID-chipped

Animal welfare and pest control

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29 Jarnac Court
Dalkeith
EH22 1HU

0131 561 5284 (tel)

Lothian Dog Home

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Whitebog
Rosewell
Midlothian
EH24 9AY

0131 663 1211 (tel)