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Report the discovery of an abandoned or free-roaming pet (found animals)
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
If you have found a lost dog or another animal, you must report the find to the responsible authority.
Please hand the animal over to the responsible lost property authority. This authority is then responsible for providing appropriate accommodation.
As a rule, found animals are housed in animal shelters. Animal shelters provide the species-appropriate accommodation required by the Animal Welfare Act, care and nutrition as well as any necessary veterinary treatment for the animals.
Important: If you find an injured animal, it is essential that you discuss the next steps directly with the relevant authorities. If a free-roaming animal endangers public safety, especially road safety, you should inform the police immediately.
Who should I contact?
- To your municipal, local or city administration (lost and found office) or
- to an animal shelter.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Anyone who finds an animal and does not know the owner of the animal must inform one of the competent authorities immediately.
What else should I know?
In order to be able to react quickly and appropriately, the responsible authorities require important information. Therefore, please always have the following information to hand:
- Details of the animal
- What species of animal is it?
- Is the animal injured? If yes, what injuries does the animal have?
- Details of the find
- Date and time
- Place of discovery
- Tied up, loose or accident
- Personal details
- First name and surname
- Full address
- Telephone number
If you wish to be recognized as a suitable person or body - usually as an animal shelter - and apply for financial assistance for the safekeeping of found animals, please contact your municipal, local or city administration in writing (informally).
Further information can also be found on the state portal "Agriculture and Environment Schleswig-Holstein".
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
Technically approved by
Ministry for Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment, Nature and Digitalization of the State of Schleswig-Holstein
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