Warning to dog owners - if you dump your pet you face a hefty fine

Essex County Standard: Dog owners warned - don't dump your pets Dog owners warned - don't dump your pets

DOG owners have been warned they risk a hefty bill or prosecution if they abandon their pets.

It comes after a Staffordshire bull terrier was left tied to a gate in Cranleigh Close, Clacton.

Tendring Council dog warden Allen East was called to help the animal, which was micro-chipped.

Mr East managed to contact the person on the chip, who said she had given her pet away two months previously – but she did not know to whom.

The dog was taken to kennels and it is hoped a new home can be found for him.

Mr East said: “We have had issues with dogs being dumped in the past, especially this breed, but it always gets worse around Christmas time. People are feeling the financial pressures and find they cannot afford their dog.

“However, it is simply not acceptable to abandon them and action will be taken if we have the evidence to do so.

“In this case, it would have been difficult to take the matter further, but the woman should have at least made sure the owner’s details were updated if she had given it away.”

In the past couple of weeks a number of owners have contacted the wardens in an effort to hand over their pets.

Mr East said: “One woman said, ‘we don’t want it so you can have it’, but that is not what we are here for.”

An American bulldog, a shar pei and a Japanese spitz have all been found dumped in recent days by the wardens.

Nick Turner, councillor responsible for the environment, said: “We will always take a strong line and do all we can to trace any owner who has abandoned their dog and give them back.

“There may be a cost involved once we find them and the RSPCA has the power to prosecute anyone who abandons a dog.”

Tendring Council said it had successfully traced and billed owners for their time and wasting public money.

Anyone who witnesses a dog being dumped, call the wardens on 01255 686338.

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4:15pm Wed 18 Dec 13

JustMe74 says...

These people should be shot. There is no excuse whatsoever for abandoning animals at this time of the year or any time for that matter. These people should have a suitable punishment to fit the crime and not just a slap on the wrist and told not to own another pet! They get off scott free while the abandoned animal is traumatised for sometimes years after the event.
These people should be shot. There is no excuse whatsoever for abandoning animals at this time of the year or any time for that matter. These people should have a suitable punishment to fit the crime and not just a slap on the wrist and told not to own another pet! They get off scott free while the abandoned animal is traumatised for sometimes years after the event. JustMe74

4:44pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Thanks Gazette. Now everyone knows that if you dump a micro-chipped dog, saying that you gave it away to a mystery person 2 months earlier is a valid excuse. Brilliant advice. Well done.
Thanks Gazette. Now everyone knows that if you dump a micro-chipped dog, saying that you gave it away to a mystery person 2 months earlier is a valid excuse. Brilliant advice. Well done. Bert_Stimpson

9:27pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Boris says...

The woman claimed to have given the dog away to an unknown person. Does anyone believe that? Even if it were true, the dog was still her responsibility. She should be prosecuted for abandoning it.
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There are far too many dogs, and people like this unnamed woman get responsible dog owners a bad name. Bring back dog licences.
The woman claimed to have given the dog away to an unknown person. Does anyone believe that? Even if it were true, the dog was still her responsibility. She should be prosecuted for abandoning it. . There are far too many dogs, and people like this unnamed woman get responsible dog owners a bad name. Bring back dog licences. Boris

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