We can probably safely assume that if you are reading this then you are dog lover... and as such would probably do all you can to try and catch a stray dog if you saw one.
However, even well-socialised dogs can get nervous and anxious if they are away from their familiar environment and folk that they know. When an animal is in this anxious or frightened state, it can easily behave out of character.
This might include running away from you when you approach it.
Remember that if a dog feels it is being pursued and begins to run, it could run out in front of a car, causing an accident and being hurt in the process. A nervous dog may also snap at you, if you try to take it by the collar or grab at it.
Here are some tips:
Okay – so, any one of the following may now have happened:
BUT WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?
It is the responsibility of your Local Authority (Dog Warden) to catch and deal with any stray dog so, unless you know who the owner is and can contact them to collect the dog from you, you should ring your local council.
Topdog's local councils are Braintree District Council and Uttlesford District Council:
(covering Braintree, Witham and Halstead)
If you are ringing outside of Office Hours, you should follow the pre-recorded messages which should result in the Dog Warden on call being contacted and then making contact with you.
(covering Dunmow, Felsted and Saffron Walden areas)
If calling outside of office hours, ring 01223 257455 for advice.
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