A SOLIHULL man trying to reunite a lost dog with its family was shocked by Solihull Council’s advice to turn the animal loose in a quiet road.
Tim Woodward had been driving down Lode Lane with his girlfriend Charlotte on Boxing Day, when they saw the bull terrier running in traffic.
They pulled over and were able to get hold of the dog, knocking a few doors near Lode Heath School and ringing the local authority for advice.
But when Charlotte spoke to the council, the operator said there was no kennel service available and suggested they find a quiet road to drop the dog.
Tim, aged 28, from Elmdon, said: “We couldn’t believe it. We thought that it was very irresponsible advice to receive from Solihull Council.
“They showed no regard for the safety of the animal - it was a lovely dog, but very excitable, so there was a risk to drivers as well.”
Luckily the couple took the dog to the 608 Vets, in Warwick Road, who checked for a microchip and managed to trace the owners.
Leigh Fisher, from 608 Vets, said that all local authorities had a legal responsibility to stray animals.
“People definitely should not let an animal loose in traffic,” she said.
“Once again this case illustrates how important it is for owners to get their pets microchipped.”
Solihull Council could not find record of the phone conversation but a spokesman said collection of strays was only available during normal working hours.
“If a stray is found out of these hours there is a facility it can be taken to by the person who finds it, or they can keep the animal until the next working day when our dog warden will collect it.”