North East Wales

Flintshire out-of-hours dog warden service is axed

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Image caption Owners will be charged £20 if a warden returns their stray dog to them from 1 April

The public could have to temporarily care for stray dogs or take them to a shelter because a dog warden service is being axed.

Flintshire council will scrap its out-of-hours scheme, which runs after 17:00 BST, from 1 April to cut costs.

It wants people who find stray dogs to call a hotline and care for the animal until the next day, when it will be collected.

Before 22:00, people can take the dog to North Clwyd Animal Rescue.

Councillor Kevin Jones said: "The changes to the out-of-hours service are being introduced as part of our challenge to find efficiencies in the order of £18m plus in the coming financial year."

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