Stray dogs

If you find a stray dog

Call the council's dog warden on 0131 561 5284:

  • 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Thursday
  • 8:30am to 3.30pm, Friday.

To help the dog warden find the stray, please describe the dog and explain where you last saw it.

If you find a stray dog outwith these hours, on public holidays or at weekends, please contact the nearest police station.

Report a dog attack

What happens to a stray dog

Stray dogs will be taken to the Lothian Dog Home (in Rosewell, Midlothian) and kept for 7 days. The owner can claim 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, £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, call 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.