Many dogs are collected by council staff every year and most are reunited with their anxious families, but due to rising associated costs the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council will be making some changes to their policy.
Council staff will no longer attend any call outs to locate, impound and release dogs after hours unless the dog is wandering at large and is exhibiting signs of aggression towards people, has been involved in a dog attack or a harassment incident.
Staff will also be unable to attend the dog pound to release impounded dogs out of normal business hours unless there are special circumstances.
Where a member of the public has detained a stray dog after hours Council staff may ask for the dog's registration number and contact the owner to collect the dog.
These changes have been made in Council's new Dog Management (After Hours) Policy, which was adopted by Council at their May meeting.
Council Chief Executive Officer Dr Helen Macdonald said the policy was in line with many other councils.
"We are trying to minimise the work and costs associated with call outs and encourage anyone who is concerned about a stray dog to check first whether the animal has only strayed a few metres from its own home before bringing it in to Council," Dr Macdonald said.
Any dogs impounded and not collected before a weekend or public holiday will be kept safe, secure and well cared for until the owners are able to collect them during business hours.