Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bagged and Tagged

I've just come from Dalby Square in Cliftonville, where council staff and the Dogs Trust, in the absence of a working command of colloquial Romanian, are doing a valiant job, micro-chipping a long line of dogs today; mostly excited Staffies and larger breeds of 'Guard dog' from what I can tell.

Every dog owner in England will have to microchip their pet to help decrease the amount of stray animals on our streets. Owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500. Thanet council is offering a chance for people to turn up and get their dogs. microchipped:

The dates are today, Wednesday 25th September, Dalby Square, Margate, 10am-4pm  and Monday 21 October, Government Acre, Ramsgate, 10am-4pm

One family, as you can see from the photo, turned-up with a washing basket and a carrier bag holding eight Staffie pups which caused a little consternation. "Have they been vaccinated, how old are they" etc.

Very clearly and from the evidence of this morning, the many reports of dog-related incidents and strays in Margate and Cliftonville may have some real substance behind them. I can't fathom how some owners can live on benefits and support several large dogs at the same time and I have to wonder, is there some kind of informal breeding programme taking place?

This is one of those blog posts where I would like to explore a delicate subject more but would prefer not to invite political suicide and have our Council's diversity champion jumping up and down, finger pointing at next week's full Council meeting.

It's one of the problems with blogging or tweeting of late; a natural reluctance on the part of anyone in politics to say what he or she really thinks in order to encourage debate. What happens instead, as we see only too often here in Thanet, is that intelligent debate is immediately hijacked  by the lunatic fringe or stifled by the left or the very right of local politics and it becomes very difficult for those of us who really care about our island to make observations about its problems and think out-loud about the causes.

How many Staffies in the bag?
With that final thought. I'll sign off with one further local announcement, below but don't forget to have your own dog chipped if you haven't done so already.

"Dementia Friendly Communities."  There will be a meeting to discuss the results of the latest local survey and the progress of this important campaign in Westgate, at the Lymington Road Community Centre on Thursday, between 1pm and 3pm.

The aim on Thursday will be to consider the survey findings and identify whether there are things that those involved, individuals or organisations, can do to help people with dementia and make their community dementia “Friendly”.


Anonymous said...

When you mentioned "some kind of informal breeding programme" were you referring to the dogs or their owners? ; - )

Bemused of Birchington said...

With regard to answering questions, captains of industry, and their ilk, generally have a firm grip on their brief. Politicians in the main can only speak dogma or quote statistics, and of course there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately although no doubt well intended, this just helps reinforce the something for nothing mentality that abounds in cliftonville. Assuming there is a cost incurred in such a scheme , which body funded it ?