Environmental problems

Stray dogs

All local councils have a duty to pick up stray dogs. Any dog found wandering public spaces alone is classed as a stray, even if they have a collar and ID tag.  

What happens to stray dogs?

Animal Wardens Limited deliver a stray dog and kennelling service for Liverpool City Council, as well as Knowsley, Sefton and Halton councils.

Dogs reported as stray or abandoned are collected by Animal Wardens Limited and they make every effort possible to reunite these dogs with their owners before taking them to kennels.

If an owner cannot be traced, the dog will be taken to kennels and kept there for the maximum of seven days. Dogs not claimed after seven days are given to Animal Wardens Limited for rehoming.

How do I find a lost dog or report a stray dog?

If you are trying to locate a lost dog or need to report a stray dog, please contact Animal Wardens Limited on 0151 374 2174 between 8.30am and midnight.

Details of stray dogs that have been found are also posted on the Dogs Lost website.

Find out about reporting other dog-related issues in Liverpool.

Comments and feedback

If you have a comment or feedback about the dog warden service in your area, you should contact your local council:

Stray dogs information and data - 1st April to 31st December 2021

Stray dogs cared for
Type of reports logged Halton Knowsley Liverpool Sefton
Found dogs reported to service 95 123 448 142
Dogs seized 35 55 164 46
Dogs reunited with owners 82 95 391 129
Dogs sent to rescue centres 8 26 48 10
Dogs euthanised 5 2 9 3
Centres which took dogs
Centre Halton Knowsley Liverpool Sefton
Merseyside Dogs Home 1 3 7 0
Manchester Dogs Home 2 6 15 2
Carla Lane Animals in Need 0 4 2 5
Gifted to a previous owner 0 0 2 0
Gifted to the finder 1 3 0 0
Bleakholt Rescue 0 1 5 1
Cheshire Sighthound 0 0 3 0
Dogs Trust Merseyside 0 0 2 0
Dogs Trust Manchester 0 5 7 1
Cheshire Dogs Home 2 4 0 0
Leigh Dogs and Cats Home 1 0 0 0
Breed Rescue 0 0 1 1
Joeys 0 0 1 0
Liverpool Dog Rescue 0 0 1 0
Rescue Me 1 0 2 0