Thousands call for dog ‘on death row’ to be saved

Thousands of people have called for a London council to release a stray dog that could be put down despite having a “loving home waiting for her”.

Newham Council is facing a legal battle over its decision to euthanise Ellie, a mongrel who ran into the Docklands Equestrian Stables on Valentine’s Day.

After finding her, stables manager Terry Minns called the council’s warden service and spent the evening feeding the emaciated animal.

A warden arrived to pick up Ellie the following morning and Mrs Minns said that if no one claimed her she would give her a home.

However, she said she was later informed Ellie was a “dangerous dog” and would be put to sleep.

Mrs Minns hired a lawyer who has taken out an emergency order in the High Court to twice stop the council putting down the dog.

An independent assessor has said she is not dangerous or a pit bull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino or Fila Braziliero — breeds banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Ellie is now “unfairly sitting on death row”, lawyer James Parry said.

Mrs Minns said: “Ellie isn’t a prohibited breed, she hasn’t bitten anyone and an assessor has declared she is not dangerous.”

“A loving home awaits and she deserves a chance to be part of it,” she said.

More than 7,000 people have signed a petition to save Ellie and £3,000 has so far been crowdfunded to help with court fees.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms has also called on the council to reverse its decision.

Newham council’s website says it tries to rehome stray dogs with rescue groups and rehoming centres.

A council spokesman would not comment on the legal case adding, “where there is doubt that any particular dog may present a risk to the public we need to ensure that these dogs are not placed in a position where they may cause harm or injury either to people or to other animals.”

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