Man calls for changes to council dog system after having five dogs stolen
A man from Compton in Berkshire has called for council dog warden procedures to be overhauled after having five dogs stolen in just over a year.
Steve Jones said that he was charged hundreds of pounds after some of his dogs were discovered. He told the BBC: "I don't know who the bigger crooks are, the council or the thieves."
Slough Borough Council found one of his dogs and said that the taxpayers could not be expected to cover the cost of rescuing Mr Jones’ pets.
Two of the dogs that were stolen from Mr Jones were trained and valuable working gun dogs that were taken from locked kennels on 22 Feb 2012. The other three dogs were taken on 1 March 2012, and three of the total five were recovered.
One of the dogs that was found was Milo, a Jack Russell, who was discovered dumped on the M4 by Slough Council’s dog warden on 3 March 2012.
Mr Jones then went on to say that he had to pay £210 for kennels because Milo was not recorded as ‘found’ until 7 March, via a volunteer-run website called DogLost.co.uk.
"I had to pay for the four days Milo was in kennels, despite no details of the dog being available online.” he said.
"There is no central council-run database of missing dogs."
A Slough Borough Council spokesman said: "We understand the predicament was not one of Mr Jones's making but we cannot expect Slough taxpayers to cover the costs associated with his dog being rescued.
"We do not make any profit and only ask dog owners to cover the cost of the service their pet has received."