Pet handling

THE MANNER in which all councils deal with deceased pets has been called in to question recently, when an online petition was started, urging people to help change the law regarding the scanning of microchips - which sadly in some cases is not always possible. The Brechin Advertiser contacted Angus Council for clarification on what they do in these instances.

An authority spokesperson said: “Unfortunately we do sometimes require to retrieve deceased domestic pets from roads and understand how distressing this is for pet owners.

“There are around a dozen instances each year in Angus where our staff retrieve deceased pets from the road. If the animal has a tag we contact the owner, and we inform the ACCESS office so members of the public can check through the ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.

“When we retrieve cats or dogs found deceased on the roads, they are kept at a depot for a minimum of 24 hours. We will be looking into the possibility of liaising with colleagues in the dog warden service to have use of their microchip scanner when the need arises.”