Wardens to take action over strays
Less than half the stray dogs found on the streets of Blaby district are being collected by their owners.
Just two years ago, three-quarters of strays were lost pets that were eventually reunited with their owners, but now most of them have to be found new homes or be destroyed.
Dog wardens at Blaby District Council said it was because people were abandoning their pets.
The wardens are taking action against the owners of abandoned dogs when they are tracked down.
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Senior dog warden Michelle Ikin said: "People see it as an easy way to abandon their dogs and some see it as a last resort when rescue centres tell them they are full.
"What they do not realise is when we take a dog as a stray with no history, its chances of being re-homed are reduced.
"At best, the dog will have a lengthy stay in kennels, at worst it could end up being put down as there are more dogs coming in than homes available."
The council recently collected a doberman, which was then recognised by a dog warden as one she had seen advertised on a classified adverts website.
After investigations, the owner was traced and she has been charged for kennelling and vaccination fees for her dog.
All dogs now handed in to the council will be investigated and, if owners are found, they will be charged for the council's costs.
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