If a member of the public finds a stray dog this must be
reported to Chorley Council. If they want to keep the dog a council officer
will attend to check for a microchip.
A form, available on request from the council, must be
completed stating that the finder wants to keep the dog. The finder must keep
the dog for at least 21 days unless
the owner comes forward. If the finder no longer wants to
keep it, they should advise Chorley Council who will arrange to collect the
The reclamation fee for your dog is £80.00 plus any
kennelling/transport/veterinary fees incurred, this must be paid prior to the
dog being returned to you. Chorley
Council does not offer instalment plans or concessionary
A dog will be kept for seven days after which it becomes the
property of the kennels who will then make every endeavour to rehome it.
During office hours (8:45 - 17:00 Monday to Friday) Chorley
Council will do their best to return your dog providing the microchip details
are correct. If not, the dog will be
transported to the kennels then the owner will be served
with a notice requiring them to either get the dog chipped within 21 days or
get the details on the chip updated.
Failure to update details or have the dog microchipped is an
offence and can result in a fine.
There is an out of hours telephone service, 01257 515142,
which operates between 17:00 - 21:00 hours Monday to Friday and between 9:00 -
17:00 hours on Saturdays and
Sundays and Bank Holidays.
This service is for stray dogs only.
Chorley Council does not provide a rehoming service but can
assist by advising of charities who may be able to help. It is the owner’s
responsibility to ensure their dog is
rehomed safely and responsibly.
Dangerous dogs should be reported to the police by telephoning