Monmouthshire County Council is to introduce a new method for dealing with stray dogs and reuniting them with their owners. This has been necessitated by the loss of the council’s dog warden post from April 1st after data collected at a local level has shown a marked decline in the number of strays collected. In 2008/09 there was a 15% reduction in the number of dogs collected by the dog warden followed by an 8% decrease in 2009/10, with a projected drop of 9% this year.
Micro-chipping continues to play an increasing role in tracing owners of stray dogs and now accounts for over a third of stray dogs returned to their owners, according to figures from the Dogs Trust Annual Stray Dog Survey Report in 2010.
After April 1st finders of stray dogs in Monmouthshire can seek to return the stray to the owner if the dog has a collar and identity tag. They can also take the dog to a veterinary practice to check if it is chipped so that the owner can be identified and the dog returned. Additionally, they can take the dog to the council’s nominated kennels at Whitewall Kennels and Cat Hotel at Fairfield House in Magor. Whitewall Kennels offers a micro-chipping service and can also give guidance on neutering pets.