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Fears of losing pets in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury as strays are taken away

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

Fears of losing pets in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury as strays are taken away

Fears of losing pets in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury as strays are taken away

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Missing dogs found in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury are no longer being taken to a shelter in the county, sparking fears that owners will struggle to find lost pets.

Cheltenham and Tewkesbury borough councils have stopped homing lost and stray dogs at Cheltenham Animal Shelter, with four kennels in Worcestershire used instead.

This means that people who lose their dog in Cheltenham or Tewkesbury are now forced to travel miles in the hope of finding their pet.

And the manager of Cheltenham Animal Shelter fears this could prevent many owners from ever being reunited with their dog.

Peter Newcombe, general manager at the shelter, said: "We are concerned that local strays and worried owners now face difficulty in being reunited.

"We are often the first port of call for worried owners and now we have no record of the strays collected locally and owners cannot easily come and view the animals, we are concerned that pets that could be potentially returned will end up recorded as strays.

"With more than a 50 mile round trip to view animals that were collected within minutes of the shelter, there is an obvious impact."

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