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Dog owner devastated

Thursday, 8 June 2017

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A DOG owner has claimed he would never have handed over his three Japanese Akitas to council dog wardens had he known they would be destroyed.
Ivan Catherwood told the Chronicle this week that news of his pets deaths' came as a "hammer blow".
Mr Catherwood first called in the council when he realised he would not be able to look after the animals in his new flat.
When he told wardens he could not afford the council's 210 fee, he was advised to seek help from an animal charity or re-home the dogs himself.
So he turned to the Causeway Coast Dog Rescue (CCDR) who intervened on his behalf, persuading the council to waive the fee.
“They were supposed to have done a deal with Causeway Coast Dog Rescue," Mr Catherwood told the Chronicle. "Their expert clarified that they were fit to be re-homed. I was guaranteed by the CCDR that they would be taken to Benvarden and re-homed."
It was through a friend that Ivan later learned the truth - that the dogs had been put down.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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