Darlington dog wardens ask public to take in strays as 24-hour service is cut

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A PLAN to ask people to look after stray dogs they find overnight has been criticised by an animal charity.

The move to withdraw its current 24-hour collection services was announced by the council-run Darlington Dog Warden service after it was forced to move to alternative premises.

Posting on Facebook, a spokesman wrote: “From Tuesday 18 March we can no longer provide an out-of-hours collection or kennelling service for stray dogs.

“If you find a dog out of working hours (which are Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm), please keep the dog until the next working day.”

It goes on to say that dogs can be taken to Deerness Kennels, 18 miles from the centre of Darlington, on Saturdays between 9am and 5pm and Sundays between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Leading charity Dogs Trust UK said the decision was disappointing and could present a danger to dogs and those who find them.

A spokeswoman said: “We are concerned that stray dogs may be left wandering the streets during times when dog wardens aren’t available, causing a potential danger to themselves and others.

“Whilst we accept that there is no legal requirement for local authorities to provide a round-the-clock call out service, they should, where practicable, provide at least one acceptance point to which stray dogs can be taken outside office hours.

“The acceptance point proposed by the Council isn’t in Darlington and we believe this is unacceptable as it’s expecting too much for a finder to have to travel miles with a stray.”

Darlington residents took to social networking sites to criticise the decision.

Lynn O’Neill said the scenario could see strays running in packs throughout Darlington.

She added: “Sheer stupidity! I know cutbacks are across the board but this is a bad idea. How on earth can you take an unknown, more than likely distressed, nervous dog into your house?”

Clare Hadden said: “Members of the public surely cannot be expected to home strays who may be aggressive or carrying disease – what about children and other pets who could be at risk?”

In response to the concerns raised, a Darlington Borough Council spokeswoman said the authority was now looking into alternative options and understood that not everyone would be comfortable looking after a stray.

The authority has also agreed to extend the 24-hour service until the end of the March.

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9:44am Mon 17 Mar 14

newlevel says...

Well why does.this not suprise me. Darlington dog hating council being stupid yet again. Let me explain how idiotic this idea is. You will be bringing a dog into your home which you don't know and you have young children. See my point? This is the worsed council i know for being anti-dog. Not enough bins = dog muck everywhere. No secure areas = RTA'S. No council worker to clean up the ever increasing amount of glass = dog and child injuries. Dogs will be around for ever so try and be more friendly to dog owners and you won't upset anyone. Back to the main point. People work shifts will be unable to take them in plus bringing in a stray which may not settle in your house could trigger off barking and upset your neighbours and lack of sleep all round. Working with animals is not a 9-5 job and you need to be on call 24 hours a day as any kennel owner and dog owner or vet will tell you. Rethink this silly idea or you will be picking up more dead dogs off the roads.
Well why does.this not suprise me. Darlington dog hating council being stupid yet again. Let me explain how idiotic this idea is. You will be bringing a dog into your home which you don't know and you have young children. See my point? This is the worsed council i know for being anti-dog. Not enough bins = dog muck everywhere. No secure areas = RTA'S. No council worker to clean up the ever increasing amount of glass = dog and child injuries. Dogs will be around for ever so try and be more friendly to dog owners and you won't upset anyone. Back to the main point. People work shifts will be unable to take them in plus bringing in a stray which may not settle in your house could trigger off barking and upset your neighbours and lack of sleep all round. Working with animals is not a 9-5 job and you need to be on call 24 hours a day as any kennel owner and dog owner or vet will tell you. Rethink this silly idea or you will be picking up more dead dogs off the roads. newlevel
  • Score: 12

12:14pm Mon 17 Mar 14

miketually says...

Having taken strays to the Vicarage Road site before, I'm surprised that a similar set-up can't be put in place elsewhere. All that was needed was a small room, with some metal cages, plus a heater and some water. The night security guard took the dogs in and filled in the paperwork.
Having taken strays to the Vicarage Road site before, I'm surprised that a similar set-up can't be put in place elsewhere. All that was needed was a small room, with some metal cages, plus a heater and some water. The night security guard took the dogs in and filled in the paperwork. miketually
  • Score: 3

12:40pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Spy Boy says...

More council cuts? I suppose this is to fund Ada Burns new BMW Sports Car ?
More council cuts? I suppose this is to fund Ada Burns new BMW Sports Car ? Spy Boy
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

It's things that affect the ratepayers that get cut. Thinks that affect councillors and council staff get first shout on resources.
It's things that affect the ratepayers that get cut. Thinks that affect councillors and council staff get first shout on resources. Homshaw1
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Mon 17 Mar 14

miketually says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
It's things that affect the ratepayers that get cut. Thinks that affect councillors and council staff get first shout on resources.
Cut services generally equals cut staff.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: It's things that affect the ratepayers that get cut. Thinks that affect councillors and council staff get first shout on resources.[/p][/quote]Cut services generally equals cut staff. miketually
  • Score: -2

5:11pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Daffodil says...

You must be joking if you think Council staff get first shout on resources. No pay rise for about 5 years and in fact pay decreases. Love to know how that is first shout.
You must be joking if you think Council staff get first shout on resources. No pay rise for about 5 years and in fact pay decreases. Love to know how that is first shout. Daffodil
  • Score: 5

9:21pm Mon 17 Mar 14

loan_star says...

I'm sure Bill Dixon will happily take in any stray dog you may find wandering the street!
I'm sure Bill Dixon will happily take in any stray dog you may find wandering the street! loan_star
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

miketually wrote:
Homshaw1 wrote:
It's things that affect the ratepayers that get cut. Thinks that affect councillors and council staff get first shout on resources.
Cut services generally equals cut staff.
Very generally but not to the extent that it shows the council are there for the benefit of the ratepayer and not the councillors and high ranking staff.

First target should be duplicated services and overstaffing. We need a return of the Work Study Engineers. The council has lost any idea of who pays the bills and what it is there for.
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: It's things that affect the ratepayers that get cut. Thinks that affect councillors and council staff get first shout on resources.[/p][/quote]Cut services generally equals cut staff.[/p][/quote]Very generally but not to the extent that it shows the council are there for the benefit of the ratepayer and not the councillors and high ranking staff. First target should be duplicated services and overstaffing. We need a return of the Work Study Engineers. The council has lost any idea of who pays the bills and what it is there for. Homshaw1
  • Score: 1

1:27pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

Daffodil wrote:
You must be joking if you think Council staff get first shout on resources. No pay rise for about 5 years and in fact pay decreases. Love to know how that is first shout.
So is that any different to anyone else and when I see some of the wages and benefits they still compare favourably to many private sector jobs in Darlington
The big difference is you look through the job structures and there is duplication and job titles that leave you wondering what they do.
[quote][p][bold]Daffodil[/bold] wrote: You must be joking if you think Council staff get first shout on resources. No pay rise for about 5 years and in fact pay decreases. Love to know how that is first shout.[/p][/quote]So is that any different to anyone else and when I see some of the wages and benefits they still compare favourably to many private sector jobs in Darlington The big difference is you look through the job structures and there is duplication and job titles that leave you wondering what they do. Homshaw1
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Thu 20 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

miketually wrote:
Homshaw1 wrote:
It's things that affect the ratepayers that get cut. Thinks that affect councillors and council staff get first shout on resources.
Cut services generally equals cut staff.
No they don't. Stop talking rubbish. Once again, this is more cuts on the back of yet another council tax hike and its a bloody disgrace. Of couse you being the No1 council stooge that you are I wouldn't have expected anything else but your crass inaccurate comment. Get a grip. Not you or the thieves in the town hall are convincing anyone.
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: It's things that affect the ratepayers that get cut. Thinks that affect councillors and council staff get first shout on resources.[/p][/quote]Cut services generally equals cut staff.[/p][/quote]No they don't. Stop talking rubbish. Once again, this is more cuts on the back of yet another council tax hike and its a bloody disgrace. Of couse you being the No1 council stooge that you are I wouldn't have expected anything else but your crass inaccurate comment. Get a grip. Not you or the thieves in the town hall are convincing anyone. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 0

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