A man who has had five dogs stolen in just over a year has called for council dog warden procedures to be overhauled.
Steve Jones from Compton, Berkshire, said he was charged hundreds of pounds after some of his dogs were found.
He said: “I don’t know who the bigger crooks are, the council or the thieves.”
Usually, I’d say the council. But…not in this case.
You see, there’s such a thing as pet insurance. I know, because I’ve got it – and it covers rewards and costs in the event of your dog or cat going missing.
One of the dogs, a Jack Russell named Milo, was found dumped on the M4 by Slough council’s dog warden on 3 March.
Mr Jones said he had to pay £210 for kennels because Milo was not recorded as “found” until 7 March, via a volunteer-run website called Dog Lost.co.uk.
Was the dog chipped? No-one seems to be pointing that out.
A Slough Borough Council spokesman said: “We understand the predicament was not one of Mr Jones’s making but we cannot expect Slough tax payers 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.”
In this case, I’m with the council. And, I have to say, should one of my pets go missing, the last thing I’d do if I got them back is quibble over money or expect others to pay for it!