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 return it to you 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.

If we can't trace the owner, the dog is taken to Manchester Dogs Home  (MDH) where it is kept for seven days. If the dog is collected within seven days there is a fine to pay, plus the kennelling charges before the dog is released. If you do not collect your dog within seven days, you will lose the right to reclaim it, and we will try to re-home it.

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

9am to 10pm every day

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 0161 334 0042
  • Website:

10pm to 9am (overnight)

If you have a secured, stray dog you should ring 0161 334 0042 and leave a message.  Animal Wardens will ring you back to discuss collection.

Lost your dog?

As well as reporting your dog lost you should visit the Animal Warden website where they list all dogs which they have seized. You can also upload a photograph and details about your dog.

Fees and charges

Fees & Charges

Fee for dogs reunited by animal wardens (plus additional £14.40 if kennelled overnight by animal wardens)


Trafford Council fee for dogs reclaimed from Manchester Dogs' Home


Kennelling charges whilst at MDH – first day


Additional days


(Example: stray dog picked up and taken to MDH on Monday, owner reclaims the dog on Thursday - the total fee would be £170 (£145 plus £10 plus £15)

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.