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Council will not collect stray dogs out of hours; Find an animal and you could have to look after it for night or weekend.

Byline: GARY PORTER Daily Post Reporter gary.porter@trinitymirror.com

ANYBODY coming across a stray dog in Flintshire may now have to keep it for the night or over the weekend, as council collections outside of working hours are being scrapped.

e cash-strapped council is axing its out-of-hours service from April 1, meaning dog wardens will only be available to collect strays between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

If an escaped dog is found outside working hours, members of the public should still report it, but should not expect the animal to be picked up until the next working day.

People who do not want to keep a stray in their own home can take it to the council's reception point at North Clwyd Animal Rescue in Trelogan near Holywell. e reception point is open seven days a week until 10pm.

anyone who nds a stray not to take it to their local police station, e local authority has urged anyone who nds a stray not to take it to their local police station, as the police are only responsible for dealing with dangerous dogs. e council is also introducing a PS20 ne for e council is also introducing a PS20 ne for Councillor |Kevin Owen any stray dog returned to its owner.

any stray dog returned to its owner.

e dog could also be taken to Animal Rescue for the owner to collect, where they would incur the statutory charge as well as associated kennelling costs for a taken to North Clwyd Animal Rescue for the owner to collect, where they would incur the statutory charge as well as associated kennelling costs for a minimum of one day.

Cllr Kevin Jones, cabinet member for waste strategy, public protection and leisure, said: "Flintshire County Council remains committed to providing a comprehensive pest control service, and these changes ensure that it continues to be an ecient and cost-eective service valued by residents. "e changes to the out-ofhours service are being introduced as part of our challenge to nd eciencies of more than PS18m in the coming nancial year, and the revisions were agreed as part of the budget setting proposals."

For more visit intshire.gov. |uk/streetscene or call 01352 701234. To report a stray dog in Flintshire, call 0845 3733665.

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