Yep, but if your council are as shit as Weardale was you'll have an argument on your hands!
You must by law report to the council. You don't have to hand him over but you must:
1. Do your best to find the owner and hand over if he turns up.
2. Keep the dog for at least 28 days and not hand him to anyone other than the owner (or of course the DW). You can stretch this - I've known those in your dad's situation to hand the dog to rescue with the ok from the DW, depends on the DW's willingness to stretch the law and his relationship with the rescue.
The only way the council can stop your dad from doing this is if they have very reasonable grounds to believe that the dog's welfare is at risk. So, they can't argue with him.
If pooch is well cared for and you WANT his owner to be found I'd also suggest you call the police and report him as found. You don't have to and they'll doubtless tell you that but insist as many folk still think that the police are the first people to call when they've lost a dog.
My sister has just been to pick up a spare collar from me. They've been to the vets. He is not chipped. The vet seemed quite savvy on the law and is the same vet who treat the Staff they took in from the pound. They now have her mobile number and she will deal with the DW if she tries to take the dog away. There is no way in hell my Dad would let the dog go to the pound after what their Staffy went through, so it's the pound who will have a fight on their hands
According to my sister they are going to phone who they absolutely have to phone, then they are going to sit back and hope no-one comes forward , although given the breed of the dog and the fact that it is not nuetered, chipped or with any collar or i.d tags, it is probably more a lucky escape than anything else.
Lurcher, but crossed with something huge according to the vet and my Dad. Given that he still aches for a wolfhound or something similarly huge I very much doubt that 'The Duke' will be going anywhere.
The vet rang the dog warden. No-one has contacted my Dad about the dog, so the DW must be happy for the dog to stay there. No-one has reported any missing dogs of that description to the council or any vets yet. If they were bothered surely they'd have rang somewhere by now?
Hi Dooin, just to say that the owner MAY have contacted a DW, just not the one in your area. One of the things that I find utterly baffling and depressing is that DW in any particular Council area is under no obligation to pass on or share any details of lost/found dogs to any other Council areas. And the majority don't. If you live in an area which has more than one Council area in your vicinity (within a 10 mile radius, say) it is worth contacting ALL potential DWs in that area. Dogs can wander, can be dumped, can run off while on a day trip to the seaside, all kinds of things.
In your case, it will probably work out to this dog's advantage, as your dad is going to give them a wonderful home, but when anybody loses a dog, we always advise to ring lots of Councils. To make things even more complicated, not all Councils will scan strays and even if your dog is wearing ID, you may not be contacted if it is found.