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Report your dog missing

If your dog goes missing, it’s important that you contact us in case we have picked it up. You can do so by calling 01582 510330. You can also contact Appledown Kennels on 01525 220383. 

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Stray dogs

Our dog wardens are responsible for the collection of stray dogs.Our dog wardens are responsible for the collection of stray dogs. If you see a dog that you believe to be a stray call 01582 510330 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday except Wednesdays when we are open from 10am to 5pm. If you need report a stray out of office hours, contact

    Appledown Kennels
    Harling Road
    Eaton Bray
    LU6 1 QY
    T: 01525 220383

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Stray dogs are a nuisance and can cause accidents and damage, which the owner may be liable for. They can harm themselves, other animals and people. They also foul public areas and pavements. Owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control and not allow them to stray. Under The Environmental Protection Act 1990, it states that each local authority has an obligation to pick up stray dogs.

Once seized tray dogs will be kept for seven days, if within that period the owner comes forward to claim their dog a statutory fee of £25+ kennelling fees must be paid. Dogs that are not claimed may go on to a re-homing centre, where they get the chance to find a new home. Dogs are only put to sleep, in extreme cases, due to ill health or bad temperament.

Always make sure doors, gates and windows are kept shut. This can sometimes cause concern especially during the children's holidays, as they tend to leave doors and gates open. Make sure your fencing is adequate for keeping your dog in, thus keeping him safe. Dog owners are also legally required to ensure their dog is microchipped and also wears a collar and tag with the name and address of the owner.

If a dog is injured or you have any animal welfare concerns i.e. injury or neglect contact:

T: 0300 1234999
T: Bedfordshire South Branch: 07510 390872

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Local charity organisations

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Every year thousands of animals suffer from neglect, cruelty, and abuse. RSPCA help to:

  • end cruelty
  • take in and care for animals
  • educate a kinder generation
  • campaign for animal welfare

Click on the button below to find out more about the RSPCA.


Appledown Kennels are an organisation that provide boarding, re- homing, and rescue for cats and dogs in Dunstable. Their welfare services include:

  • animal care advice
  • rescue and rehabilitation
  • sanctuary and shelters
  • re-homing for dogs

For further information on their services click on the button below.

Appledown Kennels

Each year Blue Cross thousands of cats, dogs, small pets, and horses turn to their animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them happy homes. Not only do they find homes for unwanted pets, they have animal hospitals and clinics to treat sick and injured pets when owners can't afford private veterinary treatment.

Blue Cross offer free talks and workshops to promote responsible pet ownership.

For more information click on the button below.

Blue Cross for pets

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Contact info
Dog warden service
Central Depot, Kingsway, Luton, Beds, LU4 8AU
Tel: 01582 510330

[email protected]


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