Fury of dog lover told to ‘tie stray to a tree’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.

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