Dog owners in an area of north-east Essex have been warned they risk being faced with a fine or prosecution if they abandon their pets.

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It comes after a Staffordshire bull terrier was found to have been left tied to a gate in Cranleigh Close, Clacton-on-Sea.

Tendring District Council (TDC) dog warden Allen East spoke to the person whose details were found on the micro-chipped dog.

However she told him that she had given the pet away two months previously – but did not know who to.

The dog was taken to kennels and attempts will be made to find him a new home.

Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Coast Protection, said: “We will always take a strong line and do all we can to trace any owner who has abandoned their dog and give them back.

“There may be a cost involved once we find them and the RSPCA has the power to prosecute anyone who abandons a dog. We will not hesitate to hand over any information we have to them.”

An American Bulldog, a Shar Pei and a Japanese Spitz have all been found dumped in recent days by the wardens.

Mr East said: “People are feeling the financial pressures of the season and find that they cannot afford their dog. However, it is simply not acceptable to abandon them and action will be taken if we have the evidence to do so.”

Anyone who witnesses a dog being dumped should contact the TDC’s dog wardens on 01255 686338 and provide any details they can.

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