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Lost Dogs

If you have lost your dog, please contact our Animal Welfare Officers as soon as possible. They will be most likely to be made aware of reported sightings of straying or unaccompanied dogs and have the legal power to uplift any unaccompanied dogs found in a public place.

Office hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. If your description matches that of a reported dog which has been uplifted, then the Animal Welfare Officers will let you know where your dog is located.

Who else can I contact if my dog is missing?

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Once you find your dog, please remember inform to any service you have reported it missing to.
Outside of the Animal Welfare Officers' working hours, you should contact the police who also bear responsibility for collecting unaccompanied dogs. Members of the public may also hand stray dogs into police stations. As well as contacting the council at the earliest opportunity, it is also worth notifying the police in case they receive information as to your dog's whereabouts.

You should also contact your neighbouring local authority, as your pet may have wandered or been taken into an adjacent area. Local veterinary surgeries, animal rescue centres,  neighbours and friends are also important in helping to trace your missing dog. It is important to search the local area including all your usual walks - straying dogs often return to places they know or follow their usual routes.

If your pet is micro-chipped or tattooed you should contact the relevant micro-chip service provider or reunification service.  Doing so will make them aware that your pet is missing and give you an opportunity to check they have your correct contact details.  

Unfortunately there are occasions where stray animals become involved in road traffic accidents and as a result may be picked up by either the Scottish SPCA if the animal is injured or by West Lothian Council if the incident is fatal. After a number of days if your pet is still missing then it may be a good idea to contact both the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999 or NETS, Land & Countryside Services.

If the authorities have picked up my dog, what will happen to it?

Any dog out with its owners property which is not in the charge of a keeper is considered to be a stray under the Environmental Protection Act (1990). You should contact the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home as any dogs picked up within West Lothian will be boarded there.If your dog is returned to you by either an Animal Welfare Officer or the Dog and Cat home, you will be liable to pay a fine of £25 in accordance with the legislation enforced by West Lothian Council. You must also pay any kennel fees incurred before you can re-claim your pet. If your dog is taken to the Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home you must take suitable identification and proof of ownership of the dog before they will hand your dog back to you.

Other lost pets

Unfortunately we are unable to deal with other lost pets. If the animal is chipped, ensure the microchip company is informed immediately and that your contact details are up to date. It is also advisable to contact local veterinary surgeries and neighbours in case someone has taken your pet in.