Dog warden service

The dog warden aims to help prevent stray dogs from being a danger to traffic or a nuisance to people and to reunite lost dogs with their owners. However, if someone finds your dog or it is seized by the dog warden we can only try to notify you or return your dog if it is wearing a tag, or is micro-chipped. There will be a fee for the return of your dog.

Your dog must wear a tag (collar) by law when out in a public place. You are also required to have your dog microchipped and to ensure that the register contains your up-to-date contact details.

Reclaiming a lost dog

Our dog warden service is provided by Salford Council and so any found dogs, that cannot be reunited by the dog warden will be taken to their Turnpike Depot and can be collected from there, by arrangement. Dogs may be transferred to Manchester Dogs’ Home if not collected within 24 hours.

How to reclaim my dog from Turnpike Depot or Manchester Dogs’ Home.

Found dogs are also publicised on our Dogs in Salford & Trafford Facebook page and via our Dogs in Salford & Trafford Twitter account.

How do I report a lost, found or stray dog?

Fees and charges

Fees and charges
Fee for dogs collected from Salford Kennels, Turnpike Depot £40.00
Fee for dogs reclaimed from Manchester Dogs’ Home £90.00
Kennelling charges whilst at MDH – first day £10.00
Additional days £5.00

Making a complaint about a dog

Dangerous Dogs - to report a problem with a Dangerous Dog, contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050.

Concerned about the welfare of a dog - if you are concerned about the abuse, neglect or welfare of a dog, this should be reported to the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

Dogs causing a noise nuisance - complaints about noise nuisance caused by dogs barking can be made by emailing

Penalties for dog fouling

Penalties for dog fouling are outlined in The Clean Neighbourhoods Act 2006. This Act means that it is illegal to fail to clear up after your dog if it fouls any land which is open to the air and to which the public have access.

The penalty for contravening the Act is a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution in the magistrates court.