Animal care and control

Fees to recover a stray dog

If you lose your dog and it is seized by us as a stray, you will have to pay our administration fee, the costs of collection, kennelling fees and any veterinary fees that we have incurred to get your dog back.

Administration fee

An administration fee of £45 is charged.

Collection fee

The collection fee depends on the date and time that the stray dog was originally collected by the kennels' staff.

Collection day Collection time Cost
Weekdays 8am to 5pm £50
Weekdays 5pm to 11:59pm £65
Weekends and bank holidays 8am to 11:59pm £70

Stray dogs will not be collected by kennels' staff between 11:59pm and 8am on any day.

Kennelling fee

There is a kennelling fee of £14 for each full or part day, starting from when the dog is seized.

Veterinary fee

Vets fees may be incurred to keep your dog in good health while in kennels.

Arranging for your dog to be returned

Our contractor for stray dog collection is Knights Kennels.

Dogs will be returned to owners at a pre-arranged time and place between 9am and 5pm – this is open to reasonable negotiation with kennel staff and owner.

Dogs cannot be collected direct from the kennels.

Knights Kennels

: 0330 333 8773


You should contact us if you have any dispute about fees or other costs.

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Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL

: 01375 652 955