Shock ‘let it run’ advice over dog

The stray border collie found by Christopher Roberts (below).
The stray border collie found by Christopher Roberts (below).
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A HOLIDAYMAKER has raised concerns about how he was told to deal with a stray dog in Blackpool.

Christopher Roberts, 36, was visiting from Walsall when he saw the animal weaving in and out of traffic.

Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts

The teacher stopped the border collie from being run over on the Promenade and called Blackpool Council’s dog warden.

But he was told the warden did not work weekends and if he could not take it to Sundown Kennels in Poulton, he would have to release the dog.

Mr Roberts also called Blackpool RSPCA and was given the same advice.

He said: “I felt the dog was being let down by the people who should be caring for him.

“It was running around in traffic and looking through car windows trying to find his owner.

“I’m dismayed both the dog warden and the RSPCA not only failed in their duty with regards to the welfare of the dog, but also seemed to think letting it off the lead back into heavy traffic where it surely would have become a road traffic victim was the correct advice.”

Mr Roberts had to pay for a train ticket from Blackpool to Poulton where he was able to leave the dog safely. But he says it should never have come down to that.

He added: “I wasn’t going to leave the dog on the Promenade, so it wasn’t a problem to go to Poulton, it’s just not the behaviour you expect from those authorities.

“Nobody seemed to want to help.

“I could’ve left the dog alone and carried on with my holiday, but that wouldn’t have been the right thing to do and I didn’t think it would be that much hassle.”

Martin Tetchener, branch manager at Blackpool RSPCA, said: “We don’t have a licence to look after stray dogs. We only take animals from the inspectors or the owner of an animal who signs it over.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, said: “We currently provide a dog warden service throughout the week and this is a service reviewed annually. If a dangerous dog is found we advise people to report it to the police. This dog was not a directly dangerous animal but more of a nuisance.

“In this scenario, customers are able to take the dog to Sundown Kennels, where our dog wardens will pick up the issue on the Monday.”

The animal has since been reunited with its owner.

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