Animal welfare officer service

Removing stray dogs and educating the public on dog ownership

The animal welfare officer service collects stray dogs which are then taken to North Lanarkshire Holding Kennels.

You can reclaim your dog by calling 01236 856300 or making enquiries at:

Environmental Health
Municipal Buildings
Kildonan Street

If your dog is not being held at the Holding Kennels then you should contact the Scottish SPCA, Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Bothwell Road, Hamilton, ML3 0SB, phone 03000 999 999 (normal office hours).

If the dogs are unclaimed after seven days they become the responsibility of the Council. From the 1st April 2019, uplifted dogs can only be returned to owners on a payment of a charge of £128.75. Find details of dogs uplifted this month.

If payment is received before 1pm on any working day we will return your dog that same day. If payment is received after 1pm we will return your dog the next working day.

The animal welfare officer service also:

  • Investigates dog fouling complaints and erects 'no fouling' signs.
  • Provides free poop scoops and bags at all libraries, First Stop Shops and are also available direct from any environmental health services office.
  • If you are a resident in North Lanarkshire, we offer an identity chipping service for your dogs. There is now a £20 charge for the dog chipping service we provide. To request this service, please visit request dog chipping.
  • Issues fixed penalty fines to people who do not clear up after their dogs.
  • Provides talks and demonstrations on various aspects of the responsible dog ownership.
  • Please contact Northline if you wish to report a persistent fouling offender or contact Animal Welfare to request that the dog warden gives a presentation to your group. For more information, see 'related articles'.

If you wish to know more about dog fouling please visit the Good Dog Campaign.

Dangerous dogs are the responsibility of the police. If you have a concern about a dangerous dog in your area contact your local police station.

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