People who find stray dogs in Frampton, Kirton, Sutterton, Wyberton and other villages near Boston can use a new service from next Friday.
Boston Borough Council has set up a dog collection service while it reminds people who find a lost pet that it is their legal responsible to either give it back to its owner, keep it safe until it can be collected or consider keeping it.
The finder of a stray dog is legally responsible for it and must either return the animal to its owner, if they know where they live, keep it safe until it can be collected by the council or keep the dog with a view to permanently looking after it.Boston Borough Council
A council spokesman said: “If you wish to keep a stray dog, you must inform the council which will then need to check that you are a fit and proper person to keep a dog.
“But if the legal owner of the dog requests its return, you may have to hand it back.
“In any event, all dogs in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address or phone number of the owners inscribed on it, or on a plate or badge attached to it.
“This will make return of stray dogs to their rightful owners much easier.”
For more details aboout the new service, call 01205 314200 or 01205 362151 out of normal office hours.