Dead dog left to rot in River Wandle in Morden

Dead dog found in the River Wandle

Dead dog found in the River Wandle

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A dead dog found in the River Wandle has been left to decompose after the council and  the Environment Agency refused to remove it.

Residents of Island House, in Wandle Road, Morden, who have to cross the river to go to work, were alarmed to discover the dog's corpse by the bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Iaysha Lowery, a nursery worker who lives by the river, said: "That part of the river is quite dirty. But you can see its black fur, back legs and tail. It could be a staffie."

"It is still in the river and starting to smell really bad. The poor dog has been through enough. I don't believe it should be left there."

Wimbledon Guardian:

Housing by the River Wandle where the dog was found 

The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information about the dog's death but have not moved the dead animal because the body was too decomposed to show any suspicious cause of death.

Merton Council said it was not its responsibility to move the dog because the River Wandle is maintained by the Environment Agency.

But the Environment Agency have also shirked responsibility, saying it will not move the dog because it does not pose a flood risk and is not causing significant pollution.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: "We urge anyone with any information about how this poor animal came to be in this state to call us on 0300 1234 999."


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3:37pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Hugh Dunnit says...

is it a greyhound ?
is it a greyhound ? Hugh Dunnit
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9:51am Thu 20 Feb 14

shelokay says...

what happened to the days when people would look after their communities and the areas they lived in rather than just call on the local councils?
what happened to the days when people would look after their communities and the areas they lived in rather than just call on the local councils? shelokay
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12:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

tjames says...

people are ripped off by govt so expect to get something for the money
people are ripped off by govt so expect to get something for the money tjames
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3:33pm Sat 22 Feb 14

IanIEA says...

Inside the Environment Agency Blog: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk - An ex-EA manager put the internal green conflicts succinctly in his comment the other day, so it's lack of proper direction and priorities: John: "You can consider me one of those senior EA manager - worked in various functions for 9 years, the last 3 as a AEM before leaving in 2011. Most functions outside of FCRM are over funded and inefficient (sustainable places, biodiversity, groundwater, fisheries, even EM itself). At least a fifth of the budget could be re-allocated to higher priority projects by reducing these functions without any detrimental impact to their ability to meet legislative requirements. Unfortunately, the Pitt Review from the 2007 floods was rushed, so didn't go far enough, otherwise, the EA would not again be in the position it is in. That being said, there are some very fine, hard-working and dedicated employees."
Inside the Environment Agency Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - An ex-EA manager put the internal green conflicts succinctly in his comment the other day, so it's lack of proper direction and priorities: John: "You can consider me one of those senior EA manager - worked in various functions for 9 years, the last 3 as a AEM before leaving in 2011. Most functions outside of FCRM are over funded and inefficient (sustainable places, biodiversity, groundwater, fisheries, even EM itself). At least a fifth of the budget could be re-allocated to higher priority projects by reducing these functions without any detrimental impact to their ability to meet legislative requirements. Unfortunately, the Pitt Review from the 2007 floods was rushed, so didn't go far enough, otherwise, the EA would not again be in the position it is in. That being said, there are some very fine, hard-working and dedicated employees." IanIEA
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