“I’m From The Government, And I’m Here To….Ummm….Errr…”

Mum of one Maxine Walsh, 51, spotted the Staffordshire Bull Terrier on the northbound M66 near Bury, Greater Manchester, and pulled over during blustery conditions on Sunday morning.

She coaxed it into her car and dialed 999 but police told her to contact Highways England.

Good for her! Now to let the professionals take over and…

Wait. What?

And she waited 45 minutes at the roadside only to be told over the phone that she should let the dog back out of her car.

Onto the busy road she’s rescued it from?

“The police said they could help and then it was 45 minutes before Highways England sent someone out, only for the officer to say he wasn’t trained to handle dogs and it would have to stay with me.

What was the point in them coming out then? I spoke to a manager and they said I had two choices

“The first was to get in my car with the dog and drive it to an animal shelter. The second was to release the dog onto the motorway and then they would set up a rolling road block to catch it.

“That would have been monumental waste of taxpayers’ money and by this stage I was running more than an hour late for work so I decided I couldn’t abandon it.

“I put on a huge coat because I was scared of being bitten. My dog was attacked a few years ago and I was injured breaking it up and since then I’ve had a massive fear of Staffordshires.

“I was terrified but the dog’s safety was all I could think about. I was so angry that I had rescued this dog but got no help from anyone.”

Because the people paid and trained to help…couldn’t or wouldn’t. Sound familiar?

A spokesman for Highways England said: “The officer suggested that the lady should either take the dog home and contact an organisation like the RSPCA or drive to the next junction and release the dog locally in the likelihood it would find its way home.

“He also gave the option of releasing the dog back onto the hard shoulder as she expressed nervousness at having a strange dog in her vehicle.

“We are currently reviewing our handling procedures and training, but traffic officers are not presently equipped or trained to deal directly with animals that stray onto our network.

He said there were arrangements in place to call on support from other agencies such as the RSPCA, in relation to such incidents but advised not to pick up stray animals or deal with other hazards on the carriageway, but stop and phone for help instead.

She did. She expected some. More fool her, eh?

3 comments for ““I’m From The Government, And I’m Here To….Ummm….Errr…”

  1. Errol
    February 23, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Irony has obviously escaped them, hasn’t it? Tens of billions of quid poured into big government every year and when there’s a problem they are so hidebound with regulation they won’t do anything.

    What’s the point of them?

    • February 24, 2016 at 10:00 am

      If she’d called North Wales motorway police, I’m sure they’d have been happy to run it over for her… ?

  2. February 24, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Reminds me of the American’s view of British police yelling, “Stop, or I shall shout ‘stop’ again”

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