Darlington Borough Council overturns controversial decision to cut dog warden services following public backlash

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlington Borough Council overturn decision to cut dog warden service following public backlash Darlington Borough Council overturn decision to cut dog warden service following public backlash

A COUNCIL has overturned its controversial decision to axe a 24-hour dog warden service following heavy criticism.

Earlier this month (March), Darlington Borough Council was accused of creating a potential danger when it announced plans to limit its dog warden service and asked residents to take in strays overnight.

A move to restrict the service to office hours following a move of premises was met with concern from local residents and leading charity Dogs Trust UK.

A spokeswoman from the charity described the initial decision as disappointing and said danger could result if stray dogs were left to wander the streets at times when dog wardens were not available.

The authority’s announcement – made on its Darlington Dog Wardens Facebook page – also attracted a number of complaints from concerned residents.

Following the backlash, the council reviewed its decision and has now announced that the service will continue to operate on a 24-hour basis.

A spokeswoman said: “Feedback from our Dog Wardens Facebook page proves that Darlington is a community of dog lovers who want the best for our four-legged friends. We do too, and we are dedicated to making sure that stray dogs are kept safe.”

The council’s u-turn has been welcomed by Dogs Trust UK.

A statement issued in response to the news said: “We are delighted that the Darlington dog warden service has reconsidered its plans to ask the public to look after stray dogs out of hours.

“We believe that a 24/7 service is important in order to ensure that stray dogs are quickly taken off the streets and into the relevant care.

“We are pleased that the council have taken on board the concerns of local people and that there will continue to be an out-of-office-hours service that members of the public can rely on for help if they find a stray or lost dog.”

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11:36am Mon 31 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

****Keep the Dog Warden Service and also employ **** Street Wardens***** to combat 'Criminal Anti-Social behaviour', 'fly tipping', 'criminal graffiti' (which is the shocking, disgusting blight of Britain), and filthy 'litter-louts', with big 'On the Spot Fines' and bone-idle illegal 'dog-foulers',, like some other British towns and Cities.
****Keep the Dog Warden Service and also employ **** Street Wardens***** to combat 'Criminal Anti-Social behaviour', 'fly tipping', 'criminal graffiti' (which is the shocking, disgusting blight of Britain), and filthy 'litter-louts', with big 'On the Spot Fines' and bone-idle illegal 'dog-foulers',, like some other British towns and Cities. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 11

11:38am Mon 31 Mar 14

JJ2000 says...

These guys would have been welcome over the weekend!
Thankfully the dog was reunited the next day.
These guys would have been welcome over the weekend! Thankfully the dog was reunited the next day. JJ2000
  • Score: 5

11:57am Mon 31 Mar 14

black&whitehorse says...

darlington also needs a horse warden
darlington also needs a horse warden black&whitehorse
  • Score: 13

2:18pm Mon 31 Mar 14

hogworth says...

Where I live we get plagued with feral cats, it doesn't help matters when some ofthe residents feed the bloody things.
Where I live we get plagued with feral cats, it doesn't help matters when some ofthe residents feed the bloody things. hogworth
  • Score: 3

3:42pm Mon 31 Mar 14

miketually says...

Sensible decision.
Sensible decision. miketually
  • Score: 0

3:58pm Mon 31 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Do these 'Stray Horse Owners ever pay British TAX. ?. and it begs the question How can ?..... they pay one penny (if that) if they are of NO FIXED ABODE.
Do these 'Stray Horse Owners ever pay British TAX. ?. and it begs the question How can ?..... they pay one penny (if that) if they are of NO FIXED ABODE. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 5

4:02pm Mon 31 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

If a do not pay my Tax or I submit a 'late Tax Return' as a hardworking, WORKING taxpaying British Citizen, I get clobbered with a £2OO Fine and I cannot afford to keep or buy a 'Stray Horse'.............o
r caravan, or white scrap metal collecting van........
If a do not pay my Tax or I submit a 'late Tax Return' as a hardworking, WORKING taxpaying British Citizen, I get clobbered with a £2OO Fine and I cannot afford to keep or buy a 'Stray Horse'.............o r caravan, or white scrap metal collecting van........ cushybutterfield
  • Score: 4

6:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

I've said before and I'll say again. There is absolutely NO justification for making cuts of any description whilst Council Tax is rising year in year out.
I've said before and I'll say again. There is absolutely NO justification for making cuts of any description whilst Council Tax is rising year in year out. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 3

6:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

miketually says...

thetruthyoucanthandl
ethetruth
wrote:
I've said before and I'll say again. There is absolutely NO justification for making cuts of any description whilst Council Tax is rising year in year out.
Even if their overall income is falling? Most of their cash comes from central government, who have hugely reduced council funding.
[quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: I've said before and I'll say again. There is absolutely NO justification for making cuts of any description whilst Council Tax is rising year in year out.[/p][/quote]Even if their overall income is falling? Most of their cash comes from central government, who have hugely reduced council funding. miketually
  • Score: 1

6:39pm Tue 1 Apr 14

oliviaden6 says...

thetruthyoucanthandl
ethetruth
wrote:
I've said before and I'll say again. There is absolutely NO justification for making cuts of any description whilst Council Tax is rising year in year out.
can only agree, whilst other councils the length and breadth of the country decide to freeze their taxes the vast majority of North East Councils choose to raise it to just under the two percent, shame full it seems that they do not have the guts to go public they choose to hide below the 2%. Shameful for all concerned, cut costs by reducing the upper management team and then people might not feel to aggrieved. councils are managed beyond belief get the fat cats out or pay them by results.
[quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: I've said before and I'll say again. There is absolutely NO justification for making cuts of any description whilst Council Tax is rising year in year out.[/p][/quote]can only agree, whilst other councils the length and breadth of the country decide to freeze their taxes the vast majority of North East Councils choose to raise it to just under the two percent, shame full it seems that they do not have the guts to go public they choose to hide below the 2%. Shameful for all concerned, cut costs by reducing the upper management team and then people might not feel to aggrieved. councils are managed beyond belief get the fat cats out or pay them by results. oliviaden6
  • Score: 0

7:42pm Tue 1 Apr 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

miketually wrote:
thetruthyoucanthandl

ethetruth
wrote:
I've said before and I'll say again. There is absolutely NO justification for making cuts of any description whilst Council Tax is rising year in year out.
Even if their overall income is falling? Most of their cash comes from central government, who have hugely reduced council funding.
There is no justification for cuts whilst council tax continues to rise every year. It's very simple.

I refuse to pay more each year for ever diminishing services. It's not fair or right and should be illegal to charge people more for less each year. No other industry anywhere would get away with this. But the public sector and especially councils simply do not understand what hard work and efficiency is.
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: I've said before and I'll say again. There is absolutely NO justification for making cuts of any description whilst Council Tax is rising year in year out.[/p][/quote]Even if their overall income is falling? Most of their cash comes from central government, who have hugely reduced council funding.[/p][/quote]There is no justification for cuts whilst council tax continues to rise every year. It's very simple. I refuse to pay more each year for ever diminishing services. It's not fair or right and should be illegal to charge people more for less each year. No other industry anywhere would get away with this. But the public sector and especially councils simply do not understand what hard work and efficiency is. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 0

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