Stray dogs found in the Epping Forest district will be collected by the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s dog wardens from 23 November 2015.
This new and extended service is available every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) between 7am and 9pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 7pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.
Dogs will be taken to Waltham Forest’s holding kennels.
To report a lost or found stray dog call 07815 512833
New weekend and evening service
Environment Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “I am delighted to announce our new and extended stray dog collection service with Waltham Forest Council. Stray dogs tend not to adhere to 9 to 5 office hours so this new weekend and evening service represents a great improvement for our residents. It also allows us to provide better care for the dogs too.”
Your dog is your responsibility
“Your dog is your responsibility” said Councillor Breare-Hall “The law says owners must ensure their dogs wear an identity tag with their contact details when out and about. Microchipping becomes a legal requirement for all dogs over 8 weeks old from April 2016, so it is important that owners remember to update their details if they change address or if their dog goes to a new home.”
Councillor Will Breare-Hall continued: “Losing your dog can be an expensive and distressing experience. The fee for reclaiming a dog is £78, plus a daily kennelling charge. Making microchipping a legal requirement should make it much easier to reunite stray dogs with their owners, but it is still up to owners to take care of their pets and not let them stray in the first place.”
Councillor Breare-Hall added: “If you find a stray dog with a tag please phone the owner. If it has been chipped, your local vet will be able to tell who it belongs to. In all other circumstances contact Waltham Forest on 07815 512833. If your call is not answered, leave a message and you will be contacted within 30 minutes. Dogs can be collected by their owners from Waltham Forest’s Council Offices or delivered to your home for an additional £40 charge.”
Pleased to be providing this service
Waltham Forest Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Clyde Loakes said: “We’re pleased to be providing this service to our neighbouring borough and can assure the dog-owners of Epping Forest that we not only do we have a top team of officers, but state-of-the-art facilities in the shape of our new kennels.”