We can’t afford dog warden fee to get pet back

We can’t afford dog warden fee to get pet back

We can’t afford dog warden fee to get pet back

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A PREGNANT mum whose puppy ran away when she opened the door to sign for a package says it is unfair she is being charged because it was found by a dog warden.

Melanie Loumbas also said she has been told she has until Monday to pay the £65 fine or her ten-month-old chihuahua, Boss, will be taken away from her.

When Boss escaped at about 10am on Tuesday, heavily pregnant Melanie, 20, of Stevens Close, Colchester, ran back into her house to ring friends to help her search the streets.

But when Boss could not be found, she contacted Colchester Council.

Staff there told her the dog had been found near the Oaks Hospital – less than 200m from Melanie’s home – and was taken to kennels in Ipswich.

Speaking on Melanie’s behalf, sister- in-law Natalie Elkin said: “She can’t afford to pay that money and won’t be able to pay it.

“She has offered what money she has for the rest of the week, which is about £25, but they’ve said no.”

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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1:52pm Fri 14 Mar 14

All_talk_no_action says...

No comment
No comment All_talk_no_action
  • Score: 3

1:55pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

On the face of it this seems mean, but it isn't. If the dog had been micro-chipped or simply had a collar with an address on the council's wardens would have been able to take it home and it would have cost nothing. As it had neither of those things it had to go to kennels as Colchester Council obviously doesn't have any and only a limited amount, as I understand it, will take strays. Who should pay that cost (not fine)? The owner or the taxpayer? Clearly the owner. A collar or microchipping would have been a lot cheaper!
On the face of it this seems mean, but it isn't. If the dog had been micro-chipped or simply had a collar with an address on the council's wardens would have been able to take it home and it would have cost nothing. As it had neither of those things it had to go to kennels as Colchester Council obviously doesn't have any and only a limited amount, as I understand it, will take strays. Who should pay that cost (not fine)? The owner or the taxpayer? Clearly the owner. A collar or microchipping would have been a lot cheaper! Reginald47
  • Score: 32

2:08pm Fri 14 Mar 14

G.Speel says...

Reginald47 wrote:
On the face of it this seems mean, but it isn't. If the dog had been micro-chipped or simply had a collar with an address on the council's wardens would have been able to take it home and it would have cost nothing. As it had neither of those things it had to go to kennels as Colchester Council obviously doesn't have any and only a limited amount, as I understand it, will take strays. Who should pay that cost (not fine)? The owner or the taxpayer? Clearly the owner. A collar or microchipping would have been a lot cheaper!
A well said comment. I totally agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: On the face of it this seems mean, but it isn't. If the dog had been micro-chipped or simply had a collar with an address on the council's wardens would have been able to take it home and it would have cost nothing. As it had neither of those things it had to go to kennels as Colchester Council obviously doesn't have any and only a limited amount, as I understand it, will take strays. Who should pay that cost (not fine)? The owner or the taxpayer? Clearly the owner. A collar or microchipping would have been a lot cheaper![/p][/quote]A well said comment. I totally agree with you. G.Speel
  • Score: 18

2:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

wardyt says...

It doesn't seem that this woman can afford the costs associated with a dog.Which isn't fair on the animal.
It doesn't seem that this woman can afford the costs associated with a dog.Which isn't fair on the animal. wardyt
  • Score: 28

2:27pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Now where did I put my violin!
Now where did I put my violin! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 9

2:58pm Fri 14 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

This is the fith time l have heard this happening in the last month.all the cases
Were dogs found around 200 m from their homes.in all cases the dogs were whisked of to ipswich with 65pound bill.kerching scam or what.someone needs locking up and its not the dogs.
This is the fith time l have heard this happening in the last month.all the cases Were dogs found around 200 m from their homes.in all cases the dogs were whisked of to ipswich with 65pound bill.kerching scam or what.someone needs locking up and its not the dogs. stevedawson
  • Score: -16

3:31pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Madcowmac says...

What would she do if her dog needed vetinary treatment. Sorry should have made sure it didn't get loose, with collar, and micro chip (dogs trust do this for free)
What would she do if her dog needed vetinary treatment. Sorry should have made sure it didn't get loose, with collar, and micro chip (dogs trust do this for free) Madcowmac
  • Score: 17

3:44pm Fri 14 Mar 14

HARRY438 says...

Lucky grandma didn't get lost......
Lucky grandma didn't get lost...... HARRY438
  • Score: -6

3:54pm Fri 14 Mar 14

stewycaz says...

We don't know how young the puppy is, but either you shut it in a different room when you open the front door , or it's trained so that it will come back if it does skip out. A harsh fine but fair in my view. There's an advert on the gazette main page for free micro chipping this weekend.....
We don't know how young the puppy is, but either you shut it in a different room when you open the front door , or it's trained so that it will come back if it does skip out. A harsh fine but fair in my view. There's an advert on the gazette main page for free micro chipping this weekend..... stewycaz
  • Score: 8

4:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Boris says...

I agree with everything said so far, but it still seems a pity that so little is done to nab the genuinely dangerous dogs which seem to have proliferated in recent years.
I agree with everything said so far, but it still seems a pity that so little is done to nab the genuinely dangerous dogs which seem to have proliferated in recent years. Boris
  • Score: 10

4:15pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Fine!
Fine! Jack222
  • Score: -5

4:55pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Linda Gosling says...

theres an awful lot of soapboxes in Colchester but a shortage of heart.
theres an awful lot of soapboxes in Colchester but a shortage of heart. Linda Gosling
  • Score: -8

7:08pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Misty4 says...

If she can't afford to pay £65 to get her dog back, how on earth is she going to afford a baby? And yes, you DO have to pay for the dog warden's services, and quite rightly so. I don't have much time for dogs and resent the portion of my council tax that supports dog-related services. Pay up or lose your dog. Simple.
If she can't afford to pay £65 to get her dog back, how on earth is she going to afford a baby? And yes, you DO have to pay for the dog warden's services, and quite rightly so. I don't have much time for dogs and resent the portion of my council tax that supports dog-related services. Pay up or lose your dog. Simple. Misty4
  • Score: 13

7:08pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Misty4 says...

wardyt wrote:
It doesn't seem that this woman can afford the costs associated with a dog.Which isn't fair on the animal.
Or a baby.
[quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: It doesn't seem that this woman can afford the costs associated with a dog.Which isn't fair on the animal.[/p][/quote]Or a baby. Misty4
  • Score: 11

10:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Fellulah69 says...

So when are cats that don't have collars going to start being collected by the council then? Plenty of them around but nobody seems to batter an eye lid or do anything about it. How many of them are strays now that we assume are going to be going home later through a cat flap. Whilst I agree with a lot of what is being said, I would be heartbroken if anyone said I couldn't have my dog back from a genuine and honest mistake. It's not like the woman had all the doors and windows open allowing it run free as it pleases.
So when are cats that don't have collars going to start being collected by the council then? Plenty of them around but nobody seems to batter an eye lid or do anything about it. How many of them are strays now that we assume are going to be going home later through a cat flap. Whilst I agree with a lot of what is being said, I would be heartbroken if anyone said I couldn't have my dog back from a genuine and honest mistake. It's not like the woman had all the doors and windows open allowing it run free as it pleases. Fellulah69
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

Fellulah69 wrote:
So when are cats that don't have collars going to start being collected by the council then? Plenty of them around but nobody seems to batter an eye lid or do anything about it. How many of them are strays now that we assume are going to be going home later through a cat flap. Whilst I agree with a lot of what is being said, I would be heartbroken if anyone said I couldn't have my dog back from a genuine and honest mistake. It's not like the woman had all the doors and windows open allowing it run free as it pleases.
There is no legislation covering cats or rabbits, white mice or budgies - there is legislation covering dogs and the council has to obey that legislation as does every dog owner.
[quote][p][bold]Fellulah69[/bold] wrote: So when are cats that don't have collars going to start being collected by the council then? Plenty of them around but nobody seems to batter an eye lid or do anything about it. How many of them are strays now that we assume are going to be going home later through a cat flap. Whilst I agree with a lot of what is being said, I would be heartbroken if anyone said I couldn't have my dog back from a genuine and honest mistake. It's not like the woman had all the doors and windows open allowing it run free as it pleases.[/p][/quote]There is no legislation covering cats or rabbits, white mice or budgies - there is legislation covering dogs and the council has to obey that legislation as does every dog owner. Reginald47
  • Score: 3

6:25pm Sat 15 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Well there b****y well should be no animal should be free to s**t just where it wants.try policing that impossible so just target the easy.
Well there b****y well should be no animal should be free to s**t just where it wants.try policing that impossible so just target the easy. stevedawson
  • Score: -5

3:46pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

Well there **** well isn't .........
Well there **** well isn't ......... Reginald47
  • Score: -2

11:32pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Assimilation says...

stevedawson wrote:
Well there b****y well should be no animal should be free to s**t just where it wants.try policing that impossible so just target the easy.
You go and tell the pigeons and seagulls, good luck
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Well there b****y well should be no animal should be free to s**t just where it wants.try policing that impossible so just target the easy.[/p][/quote]You go and tell the pigeons and seagulls, good luck Assimilation
  • Score: 1

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