Dog warden service

5. Stray dogs

A stray dog is one that wanders outside its property, without its owner, on to highways or public land.

If you see a stray dog you should secure it and call our service provider, Animal Wardens, on 0161 334 0042. They will respond between 8am and 8pm every working day. After 8pm, you can leave a voicemail message and they will respond or return your call until 1am.

Animal Wardens will only respond and attend to a roaming stray dog if they receive more than 2 calls about it. This is because community websites and social media can reconnect the dog with its owner quickly, through neighbourhood networking and local knowledge. For this reason, it can be helpful to take a picture of the dog and share it locally, along with its location details.

If you see a stray dog that appears anxious or aggressive, call the police on 101.

You can also call our dog warden team on 0161 474 4181 between 8am and 4pm from Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can email them at or