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Stray and lost dogs

Stray dog

If you find a stray dog please contact us. You will be asked for your name and address details, a contact telephone number and a description and location of the dog. We will check these details against any reports we have received about lost dogs.

If you find a stray dog outside office hours:

  • bring the dog to Fagan’s Veterinary Service in Mullingar or Mannions Veterinary Service, Athlone. This can be arranged by calling Fagan’s Veterinary Service (044) 934 9686 or Mannions Veterinary Service (090) 6492623.
  • return the dog to the owner, if details are known.
  • keep the dog until the next working day and then drop it to the pound (Mon, Wed, Fri. morning 10am – 12noon) or drop it to the veterinary clinic as mentioned above.

Lost dog

If you've lost your dog, you can  contact us and leave details. If the dog is surrendered to the pound/reported by another person who found it then we will endeavor to contact you. The best way to guarantee being reunited with your dog is to have them microchipped. It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and to wear a collar with an identity tag, bearing the name and address of the owner, whilst in a public place. A phone number is also helpful in helping a person who has found a stray to repatriate it with their owner without the council having to become involved.

Note  Fees apply when reclaiming your dog from the Pound.

Report it:

Report a lost dog

Identification of your dog

It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be chipped, wear a collar and identity tag whilst out in public, bearing the name and address of the owner. A phone number is also helpful in enabling anybody finding a stray to repatriate it with the owner without the council having to become involved.

You can also report stray or lost dogs through our dedicated Facebook page.