Mill End woman had to scour caravan site for lost dog after it was given to a stranger by PCSO

Mill End woman had to scour caravan site for lost dog after it was given to a stranger by PCSO

Mill End woman had to scour caravan site for lost dog after it was given to a stranger by PCSO

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A Mill End woman had to scour a caravan site to recover her lost dog after a policeman gave it to a stranger who claimed to know the owner.

The "distraught" owner learned that her 10-year-old dog, Kai, had been found in Rickmansworth High Street, only then to be given to a stranger by a PCSO.

Despite Kai being microchipped, he was not taken to a vets to have his details scanned.

After hours of searching, Sharon Norris tracked her dog to a Chorleywood farm where a stranger had been keeping Kai in his caravan.

The 57-year-old teacher lost her beloved pet while walking along the Grand Union Canal, near Rickmansworth, on Tuesday afternoon. 

Kai, a Jack Russell Terrier cross, went off to explore but did not return.

When Ms Norris spoke with the police, they confirmed that a dog matching Kai’s description had been found and gave her the contact details of the lady who found him.

Ms Norris, of Maxwell Close, said: "When I spoke with the woman who found him she said she had been told by a PCSO to hand the dog over to a random guy who claimed to recognise the dog and know the owner.

"The police allowed my property to be taken by someone who couldn’t prove they owned it. 

"I was distraught, gobsmacked and extremely worried. I’m still really angry. There were such little checks carried out by the police. I know they haven’t got a responsibility to look after dogs anymore but that responsibility is now passed to the dog warden.

"They can’t just give dogs over to someone who claims to know the owner. They shouldn’t just give it away. The police actually helped my dog get stolen.

"That is the horrifying thing. You hear all these stories about dogs being taken for dog fighting and this person just went off with my dog. I was in such a state."

Fortunately, the man who took Kai left his first name and the Chorleywood farm he was staying at.

At about 9pm, Ms Norris went to the farm in the hope of finding her beloved pet.

She said: "I was lucky. I found both the guy and Kai in a caravan. I went over to the caravan to knock on the window when I saw my dog. When the guy opened the window the dog jumped out into my arms. I was so relieved."

Ms Norris left with her dog but is still shocked at what might have happened to her pet.

Giles Cooper, Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman, said: "A local PCSO came across a woman who had found a dog in Rickmansworth High Street Tuesday, August 19. Whilst it is not a remit for police to deal with lost dogs, the PCSO wanted to assist and started to look at options to help find its owner. 

"A short time later the PCSO was approached by a man who claimed to know the dog’s owner. He gave his details, including an address, and took the dog. Subsequent enquiries by the owner of the dog resulted in them being reunited with their pet."

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4:15pm Thu 21 Aug 14

highhigh says...

"Whilst it is not a remit for police to deal with lost dogs, the PCSO wanted to assist and started to look at options to help find its owner. "

As the PCSO got involved they then should be held accountable, i suppose it is 'okay' as the owner eventually got her dog back.
"Whilst it is not a remit for police to deal with lost dogs, the PCSO wanted to assist and started to look at options to help find its owner. " As the PCSO got involved they then should be held accountable, i suppose it is 'okay' as the owner eventually got her dog back. highhigh
  • Score: 1

5:01pm Thu 21 Aug 14

G_Whiz says...

Don't blame the PCSO - blame the thief! And keep your dog under control!

So many whiners looking for someone to blame these days!

What do you want the PCSO to do? take the fella back to the Station? polygraph test?
Don't blame the PCSO - blame the thief! And keep your dog under control! So many whiners looking for someone to blame these days! What do you want the PCSO to do? take the fella back to the Station? polygraph test? G_Whiz
  • Score: -5

5:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Own views says...

G_Whiz wrote:
Don't blame the PCSO - blame the thief! And keep your dog under control!

So many whiners looking for someone to blame these days!

What do you want the PCSO to do? take the fella back to the Station? polygraph test?
I completely agree I don't believe the Police keep kennels anymore and how long was the PCSO supposed to look after the dog. The owner seems to be trying to find someone to blame and should be looking a little closer to home. The PCSO obviously got enough details so she could go and get her dog.
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: Don't blame the PCSO - blame the thief! And keep your dog under control! So many whiners looking for someone to blame these days! What do you want the PCSO to do? take the fella back to the Station? polygraph test?[/p][/quote]I completely agree I don't believe the Police keep kennels anymore and how long was the PCSO supposed to look after the dog. The owner seems to be trying to find someone to blame and should be looking a little closer to home. The PCSO obviously got enough details so she could go and get her dog. Own views
  • Score: 2

8:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

cgpc Rob says...

If the dog had been chipped, the owner would have been found straight away!No story or would it have been

Chipped dog returned to owner!
If the dog had been chipped, the owner would have been found straight away!No story or would it have been Chipped dog returned to owner! cgpc Rob
  • Score: -5

11:26pm Thu 21 Aug 14

chocco says...

cgpc Rob wrote:
If the dog had been chipped, the owner would have been found straight away!No story or would it have been

Chipped dog returned to owner!
Bloody read before you comment the dog WAS microchipped , but no one bothered to take it to a vet to check, so not as straight forward as you imply 👀
[quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: If the dog had been chipped, the owner would have been found straight away!No story or would it have been Chipped dog returned to owner![/p][/quote]Bloody read before you comment the dog WAS microchipped , but no one bothered to take it to a vet to check, so not as straight forward as you imply 👀 chocco
  • Score: 13

7:42am Fri 22 Aug 14

cgpc Rob says...

chocco wrote:
cgpc Rob wrote:
If the dog had been chipped, the owner would have been found straight away!No story or would it have been

Chipped dog returned to owner!
Bloody read before you comment the dog WAS microchipped , but no one bothered to take it to a vet to check, so not as straight forward as you imply 👀
Sorry, why didn't the PCSO take it to a vet to check if the dog had been chipped, that's the story, non story.
[quote][p][bold]chocco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: If the dog had been chipped, the owner would have been found straight away!No story or would it have been Chipped dog returned to owner![/p][/quote]Bloody read before you comment the dog WAS microchipped , but no one bothered to take it to a vet to check, so not as straight forward as you imply 👀[/p][/quote]Sorry, why didn't the PCSO take it to a vet to check if the dog had been chipped, that's the story, non story. cgpc Rob
  • Score: 0

10:38am Fri 22 Aug 14

CaptainPC says...

I think we all know who is responsible for this?
I think we all know who is responsible for this? CaptainPC
  • Score: 1

12:13pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

Mistake by the police could have turned out badly if the thief had not given his details.

The police need to do the right thing, even if it is a little bit more work, like calling out a dog warden or taking the dog to a vet for the chip to be read.

All's well that ends well but I hope the PCSO and police in general sharpen up their act when dealing with situations like this.
Mistake by the police could have turned out badly if the thief had not given his details. The police need to do the right thing, even if it is a little bit more work, like calling out a dog warden or taking the dog to a vet for the chip to be read. All's well that ends well but I hope the PCSO and police in general sharpen up their act when dealing with situations like this. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Phoenix Keeper says...

If Ms Norris was so distraught at losing her dog, why let the dog off the lead in the first place to explore???
If Ms Norris was so distraught at losing her dog, why let the dog off the lead in the first place to explore??? Phoenix Keeper
  • Score: -6

3:27pm Fri 22 Aug 14

flowerpot22 says...

Phoenix Keeper wrote:
If Ms Norris was so distraught at losing her dog, why let the dog off the lead in the first place to explore???
Because thats what dogs do.
Stupid people, Stupid comments.
[quote][p][bold]Phoenix Keeper[/bold] wrote: If Ms Norris was so distraught at losing her dog, why let the dog off the lead in the first place to explore???[/p][/quote]Because thats what dogs do. Stupid people, Stupid comments. flowerpot22
  • Score: 6

8:04pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Hertsboy says...

Police had no right to give the dog to someone else - they wouldnt have done it if it had been a wallet or credit cards. Should have got the dog warden out with a scanner. Council offices/Police station are only five mins from where it was found.
Police had no right to give the dog to someone else - they wouldnt have done it if it had been a wallet or credit cards. Should have got the dog warden out with a scanner. Council offices/Police station are only five mins from where it was found. Hertsboy
  • Score: 4

12:29pm Tue 26 Aug 14

garston tony says...

Own views wrote:
G_Whiz wrote: Don't blame the PCSO - blame the thief! And keep your dog under control! So many whiners looking for someone to blame these days! What do you want the PCSO to do? take the fella back to the Station? polygraph test?
I completely agree I don't believe the Police keep kennels anymore and how long was the PCSO supposed to look after the dog. The owner seems to be trying to find someone to blame and should be looking a little closer to home. The PCSO obviously got enough details so she could go and get her dog.
I agree with you two. To those who say the police should have done the right thing, the response to that is as they are not responsible for such situations you are saying they should have done nothing as that was the 'right' thing.

I'm pretty sure the person who found the dog would happily have handed it over to the gentleman who said he knew the owner had he approached her directly rather than the PCSO so maybe we should be blaming her for this too?

Of course not, but here we have someone who lost control of their pet allowing it to dissapear and who just has to blame someone else for it. A perfect example of the 'its not my fault' blame culture
[quote][p][bold]Own views[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: Don't blame the PCSO - blame the thief! And keep your dog under control! So many whiners looking for someone to blame these days! What do you want the PCSO to do? take the fella back to the Station? polygraph test?[/p][/quote]I completely agree I don't believe the Police keep kennels anymore and how long was the PCSO supposed to look after the dog. The owner seems to be trying to find someone to blame and should be looking a little closer to home. The PCSO obviously got enough details so she could go and get her dog.[/p][/quote]I agree with you two. To those who say the police should have done the right thing, the response to that is as they are not responsible for such situations you are saying they should have done nothing as that was the 'right' thing. I'm pretty sure the person who found the dog would happily have handed it over to the gentleman who said he knew the owner had he approached her directly rather than the PCSO so maybe we should be blaming her for this too? Of course not, but here we have someone who lost control of their pet allowing it to dissapear and who just has to blame someone else for it. A perfect example of the 'its not my fault' blame culture garston tony
  • Score: 0
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