Lost or Found Dogs, what to do?

Pointers to help if you have lost your dog or found a stray:

Lost Dogs:

  • Take a few extra minutes to ensure your pet is secure, by checking all gates are closed and locked. Don’t assume that because your dog sits at your front door when you are there, they will not run off.
  • Ensure that there are no breaks in the perimeter fencing. If your dog has an electric collar, the batteries should be charged and the perimeter wire switched on with no gaps.
  • Ensure your dog has a collar with a name and number on its tag. If your dog is found, you can be contacted as soon as possible.
  • If your dog is microchipped ensure that it is registered and that the details are current.
  • If your dog does go missing, don’t wait a day or two to see if it turns up before calling the Dog Pound. We have a 24 / 7 answering machine which is checked daily and we will get back to you. Give as much information about the dog as possible and contact details.

Dogs Found:

Any person, other than a dog warden or a member of the Garda Síochána, who finds and takes possession of a stray dog shall, forthwith—

( a ) return the dog to its owner, or

( b ) deliver the dog to a dog warden, or

 ( c ) detain the dog and give notice in writing containing a description of the dog, the address of the place where it was found, and the address of the place where it is detained to the member in charge at the nearest Garda Station to the place where the dog was found, or to a dog warden.

  • If you find a stray dog you should give it into the Dog Pound, as this gives the owner the best chance of being reunited with their pet.
  • If you find a stray dog you will not become the owner until a year after the date you gave notice.

 If you have any questions, please ring the dog pound on 042-9324140 or email vets@louthcoco.ie and we will try to help.