A devastated man returned home from a holiday abroad to discover his beloved dog had been put down by the council.
Owner David Hall was told that his much-loved Staffordshire Bull Terrier, called Blue, was killed a week after being caught running loose by dog wardens.
Wardens caught the pooch, Blue, at Markeaton roundabout on the outskirts of Derby after it escaped whilst on a walk with David’s neighbour.
But the kennels it was taken to, which are contracted by Derby City Council , said Blue was “aggressive” and the decision to put down a dog would only be made if “absolutely necessary”, reports Derbyshire Live .
mental health issues.
He said: “Blue helped me to pull myself together. It made me feel happy when I walked him. I couldn’t wait to see him when I got back from my holiday.
“He was my best friend.”
After returning from Croatia. David rang Crowfoot kennels in Church Broughton, when he saw an information card which had been posted through his door, saying they had found his dog.
But they told him over the phone that Blue had been put down as he was “aggressive towards the residents and officers”.
David did not receive the kennel’s calls about Blue as his mobile phone wasn’t working whilst he was on holiday.
David went to say his “final goodbyes” to Blue, who was in a “big chest freezer” at the kennels. He then collected Blue’s ashes a few weeks later.
The council’s policy states that if a dog is not collected within seven days, it is then the property of the council.
A Derby City Council spokesperson said: “Mr Hall’s dog was picked up by our contracted stray dog service, after he was reported by a member of the public to be on a public highway.
“Some local residents kindly kept the dog until officers were able to get to him. He was reportedly aggressive towards the residents and officers.
“The dog had no tag, but officers scanned the dog for contact details of the owner.
“We tried to call Mr Hall however got no response, and so visited the address, and an information card was left when there was no answer.
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“As we were unable to reunite the dog with its owner, he was taken to kennels. Stray dogs are cared for in kennels for seven days, after which point, they are legally owned by Derby City Council.
“Our kennels received no contact from the friend or owner, and there was no report of this dog being lost.
“The dog showed signs of aggression to the kennel owner and kennel staff, so after the seven days had passed, and no contact had been received, we had to take the difficult decision to put the dog to sleep.
“Dogs who show aggression and cannot safely be adopted or rehomed are, where appropriate, put to sleep.
“We do not take that decision lightly, and would only ever decide to put a dog to sleep if it was deemed absolutely necessary.
“Had the kennels received information or were contacted to state that the owners were on holiday then the dog would of course have remained in kennels to allow the owners to come forward. On returning from his holiday, the owner has contacted the Council and we have fully discussed the situation with him.”
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