Fury of dog lover told to ‘tie stray to a tree’
A WOMAN has spoken of her anger after claiming she was told a stray dog she tried to help should be tied to a tree or let go.
Lesley Pettican (40) of Peterborough Road, Eye, took in the starving dog on Boxing Day, after her 17-year-old daughter Anneliese spotted it walking along the side of the A47.
But when she telephoned Peterborough City Council’s dog warden service asking them to recover the animal, she was told the dog could not be picked up until the morning and that she should either tie it to a tree or let it go.
Mrs Pettican said: “My daughter arrived home at about 8pm and said the dog was following her. She said it kept running across the road, causing cars to screech to a stop.
“We put some food in the house, and it came in to eat. We had to put our two German Shepherds outside, as they don’t like other dogs.
“I phoned the police, who put me in touch with the dog service,
“I was told they could not come out after 7pm, and told me to either tie it to a tree or let it go.
“As an animal lover I could not do either, as it was obviously cold and hungry.
“I had to lock my two dogs in my bedroom until the morning, when it was taken to the vets by the warden.
“I am so angry that nothing could be done for the dog. If I had let it go or tied it up who knows what would have happened to the dog.”
The council ran a 24-hour, 365 days a year dog warden service until April 2009, when budget pressures meant the service had to be reduced and the management of the warden service was handed to a private firm in partnership with the local authority.
A council spokeswoman said: “If a person calls the council out of hours regarding a stray dog they are put directly through to a comprehensive message service which advises exactly what the person should do.
“There are two options. If the dog is found between 9am and 7pm Monday to Friday then the dog can be taken to the vet on Broadway. The other option is for the person to keep the dog until the next working day when the warden will collect the dog.”
A spokesperson for the dog warden firm was not available to comment.
Angry: Lesley and Anneliese Pettican, who were told to tie a stray dog to a tree on Boxing Day by the dog warden service, pictured with their German Shepherds.