Man told to 'tie up' stray dog

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth animal-lover was left incensed after claiming he was told by the district council dog warden to 'tie-up and leave' a stray dog. Mark Newton, 34, of Rosebery Road, had just left his home when his neighbour told him a small terrier was roaming th

AN Exmouth animal-lover was left incensed after claiming he was told by the district council dog warden to 'tie-up and leave' a stray dog.Mark Newton, 34, of Rosebery Road, had just left his home when his neighbour told him a small terrier was roaming the streets of the Colony.After several aborted attempts at contacting the dog warden, Mr Newton finally spoke to the right department but claims he was told to 'tie the dog up outside the police station or somewhere' until it could be picked up.Mr Newton said: "This left us walking around Exmouth trying to find his owner. Fortunately for this dog, we decided to take him to the local vet in the hope he had a micropchip. On the way we finally found his owner and so he was safely returned."Neither the council nor the dog warden seemed overly bothered by our concern that we had been told to leave the poor thing tied up outside as 'he would have been found'."What's the point of having a dog warden if they don't help with something basic like a stray dog?"When Mr Newton found the dog, the weather was wet, so he took the stray pet, which had no identification tag, to Exmouth police station.Mr Newton was told the police station no longer had a kennel and to contact East Devon District Council (EDDC) dog warden.He said the initial phone call resulted in him being passed from pillar to post until he was eventually told a message had been left on the dog warden's answer phone.Persevering, Mr Newton said his second call was when he was told to tie up and leave the dog.East Devon District Council said anyone reporting a stray dog would go to a national call centre for animal wardens, who are contracted to provide the East Devon dog warden service.A spokesman said it was common practice to advise tying the pet up at a 'safe and easy-to-find' location if the finder was unable to care for the dog until the dog warden's arrival.He said the warden arrived in Exmouth to take the dog within 30 minutes of being notified."The council and its contractors are, of course, concerned about the safety and well-being of stray animals and that is why we have such a service in place," said EDDC. "It is rare that someone who finds a dog cannot take the animal to a place of safety for a short time until our warden can travel to meet them and take charge of the animal.

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