Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Animal Welfare

info for dog walkers

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The Council's Animal Welfare team provide several services that focus upon the health and wellbeing of animals within the Borough. 

We always try to return stray animals to their owners.  It is easier to do this if your pet wears an identification disc, with up-to-date contact details, or that it has been microchipped.


Responsible Pet Ownership

If you have any question or need advice on your respective animal or indeed are considering purchasing an animal, please contact one of our Animal Welfare Officers. 

We will give you appropriate guidance and information including diet, behaviour, demands on your time, costs, suitable accommodation, with regards to your specific animal.

We will also be able to put you in touch with other relevant organisations including training classes and owner/support groups.

We also have available care leaflets for the majority of domestic pets, which we will send to you free of charge.

Contact the Animal Welfare team for advice about responsible pet ownership. 


Handover of Animals

If you cannot keep your animal, due to illness or because you are unable to give it appropriate care, we offer a confidential handover service for any animal.

We provide this service to prevent unwanted animals being unnecessarily abandoned.  We will collect and rehome, where possible, any animal.  There is no charge for this service.  Please arrange an appointment with us to use this service.

If the animal can not be rehomed then the owner must give permission for that animal to be put to sleep.  This is dependent on a variety of factors and will be explained before the animal is signed and handed over to the care of the Animal Welfare Service.

Contact the Animal Welfare team to find out more about the animal handover service or to make an appointment to hand an animal over to them.


What do you do if you find a stray animal or lose a pet?

Contact the Animal Welfare team to report a stray animal. If you think it is safe to do so, you can also bring a stray animal direct to our animal boarding centre which is open Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

  • Outside of office hours and at weekends we do not provide a collection service, you will need to bring a stray animal to us if you are concerned about its welfare.
  • If you are bringing a stray animal to us: Security and Surveillance Centre, The Square, Stockton (opposite Stockton Baptist Tabernacle).
  • To ensure that we can organise the necessary operational arrangements, please telephone us to advise if you intend to bring an animal to us on 01642 526575.
  • Owners should claim lost animals within 7 days. An animal will not be released for collection until relevant fees have been paid.
  • If you lose your dog it is important that you let us know as quickly as possible.

Lost animals are often taken to local animal welfare centres, kennels and vets, so it's worth checking local centres to ask if your pet has been handed in.

The Dogs Trust (Sadberge) - Tel: 01325 333114

Waterfall Kennels (Guisborough) - Tel: 01287 634240

RSPCA (Greay Ayton) - Tel: 01642 724016

National Pet Watch - Tel: 01642 556700



Microchipping is a cost-effective, permanent and guaranteed way of identifying your pet.  If your pet is ever lost or stolen, we hopefully can return it to you with the minimum of fuss.

We provide a low cost microchipping service for the pets of Stockton Borough residents. 

The chip is painlessly inserted into an animal, just beneath the skin.  When a scanner is passed over the inserted chip, a unique number is transmitted to the scanner. The number is unique to your animal . 

Once chipped, your animals details are stored in a central secure database, then if they are lost and subsequently found, we can scan your pet and quickly return them to you.

The cost of microchipping is £5 per animal. The Council provides free microchipping for dogs in partnership with The Dogs Trust. 

Appointments can be made for the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month between 9am to 12noon. If you are disabled or there is a large group, then home visits can be arranged.

Contact the Animal Welfare Team to make an appointment for microchipping your pet. 


Dog Fouling

Failure to clean up after your dog is an offence. Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 authorised Council Officers can issue a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice to anyone that is seen to allow their dog to foul in a public place and not clean up after it. Failure to pay the fixed penalty will generally result in prosecution that may lead to the offender being fined up to £1,000.

There are dog waste bins located across the borough, with new bins installed when funds are available. The bins are emptied and maintained by the Councils' Care for Your Area team.

If you would like to report a problem relating to a dog bin please use the online form.

Remember to always take a poop scoop bag out with you whenever you are walking your dog and dispose of it correctly. It is never an acceptable excuse to forget to take a bag with you and not clean up after your pet.