Ernie wins fans from across globe

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A DOG that was found alone on the streets of Cardiff now has fans all over the world.

Ernie the spaniel was dis­cov­ered in the city by Ni­cole Abra­ham, 56, over the Easter week­end.

He was un­der­weight, and looked skele­tal, so the fam­ily took him home to New­port to try to keep him safe.

But, as pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Echo, when they con­tacted Cardiff coun­cil they were ad­vised they should not have taken him out of the city.

The fam­ily posted about the lost dog on Face­book but no-one came for­ward to claim him.

So, at first, it looked like he was go­ing to be re­claimed by Cardiff coun­cil’s dog war­dens. But Ni­cole and her fam­ily thought keep­ing the dog at their home would be a bet­ter op­tion.

Ni­cole’s part­ner Ian said: “We dis­cov­ered he was reg­is­tered 11 years ago and he was reg­is­tered as Ernie so we put it on Face­book. It went crazy – so many peo­ple were com­ment­ing.

“Some peo­ple were say­ing good things, some peo­ple were say­ing bad. Af­ter some con­sid­er­a­tion we de­cided we were do­ing no harm – he was warm, he was be­ing fed and he was com­fort­able.”

But, in or­der to com­ply with reg­u­la­tions, Cardiff coun­cil said it has a pro­ce­dure in place to han­dle sit­u­a­tions when a stray dog was found in the city.

All dogs should be taken to Cardiff Dogs Home or re­ported to the an­i­mal war­dens for them to be col­lected.

This is be­cause war­dens need to check if the dog is chipped to see if the right­ful owner can be found. They also need to as­sess the dog’s welfare.

The coun­cil urged the fam­ily to come for­ward af­ter the post was pub­lished on Face­book. They later took Ernie to get the re­quired checks and the fam­ily are now able to keep the dog for the time be­ing.

Ian, 52, said: “Af­ter a lot of go­ing back and forth com­mon sense pre­vailed on both sides and we have been told we are al­lowed to keep him for 28 days. In the end we said we would do what­ever we could to keep him.

“We thought keep­ing him for­ever would be the right thing to do.”

Ian also ex­plained thou­sands of peo­ple had said they wanted to see the fam­ily keep the dog. Peo­ple have been in touch from all over the world as they want him to have a lov­ing home.

Cardiff coun­cil has since thanked the fam­ily for al­low­ing the cor­rect checks to be car­ried out on Ernie.

A spokesman for the au­thor­ity said: “Our war­dens checked Ernie’s chip de­tails and his health and the Abra­hams com­pleted the re­quired finder’s pa­per­work for us.

“Ernie was then al­lowed to re­turn to New­port and sub­ject to fi­nal home check Ernie will be al­lowed to stay in a lov­ing and car­ing new home.

“Our war­den has ad­vised the Abra­hams to con­tinue to seek vet­eri­nary ad­vice re­gard­ing on­go­ing treat­ment in or­der to meet Ernie’s welfare needs.”

Ni­cole’s daugh­ter, So­phie, has since set up an ap­peal to raise money for Ernie’s fu­ture care plan. Any ex­tra funds raised will be do­nated to char­ity.

Visit www.just­giv­ing.com/crowd­fund­ing/ernie2018

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