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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Animals - Strays

Working with strays

The Environmental Protection Act 1990

This Act requires the council to take responsibility for stray dogs. Strays are seized and detained at the kennels until the owner claims them. The council fine to claim your dog is £60.00 and the is a kennelling charge of £8.00 per day.

The dogs are taken to Aspen Valley Kennels, Lower Aspen Lane, Oswaldtwistle, 01254 233702.

After seven days, the dog becomes the property of the kennels and can be rehomed or destroyed.

The Control of Dogs Order 1992

Every dog whilst on a highway or in a public place shall wear a collar with the owners name and address on the collar in some way.


  • Dogs used on official Armed Forces, HM Customs or Police duties.
  • Dogs used for sporting purposes and packs of hounds.
  • Dogs used for the capture or destruction of vermin.
  • Sheep dogs or other dogs used for driving cattle.
  • Guide dogs.
  • Dogs used for emergency rescue work.

Responsible ownership


  • Train your dog in basic obedience - a trained dog = a happy dog and a happy owner
  • Worm your dog regularly [about every four months]. Your vet will advise on the best product to use. Puppies and bitches with a litter will need to be wormed more frequently.
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times whilst on a public highway.
  • Make sure that your dog has a collar and tag on.
  • Think carefully before you buy a dog or give a home to a stray. They are expensive and require a lot of time.


  • Allow your dog to foul public places.
  • Allow your dog to stray.
  • Leave your dog at home for long periods - they may bark and upset your neighbours or become destructive.
  • Buy a puppy from a puppy farm.
  • Allow your dog to run out of control in public places.
  • Buy a puppy or dog as a present for someone unless you are sure that they want the responsibility.