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Council takes on stray dog responsibility

The responsibility for collecting stray dogs throughout the District changed hands at the beginning of April with West Oxfordshire District Council taking over this role from the Police.

The Police however retain full responsibility for dealing with reports of dangerous dogs in the area.

From now on anyone who has lost or found a dog should report this to the Council by telephoning 01993 861020 in normal working hours or 01993 705056 after 5pm or at weekends, or online at www.westoxon.gov,uk

Phil Measures, the Council’s Environmental Protection & Enforcement Manager said: “We always try to reunite dogs with their owners so it is important that they are microchipped or have identification tags.

“If the owner is not identified, the stray dog is taken to kennels. If the pet is not claimed in seven days, it will either be sent to a dog rescue centre or re-homed by the Council.”

People interested in re-homing a stray dog can apply by logging on to the West Oxfordshire District Council website – (address above) and searching for and completing the 'Application to re-home a dog form'.

Posted : 10/04/2008 17:48:34

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