Ernie wins fans from across globe
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.