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Thousands support campaign to protect Ellie the dog from being put down by Newham council

More than 8,000 people have signed a petition to save a stray dogs life after Newham council announced plans to have her killed. 

Ellie was found underweight and terrified in the Docklands Equestrian Stables in Beckton, East London, on Thursday, 14 February.

The yard manager, Terry Minns, sat with her to gain her trust and offered to give her a new home if no one else claimed her. 

After staff filed an online report to Newham Animal Services, wardens arrived and took Ellie away after “mistaking her fear for aggressiveness.” 

At no point did they inform Terry of her right to keep the animal for 28 days. 

On Friday, 22 February, Newham council made the staff aware they would be putting Ellie down at 4pm.

A legal battle has now ensued to protect the dog from harm and a judicial review has been organised. 

Campaigners are waiting for a date to be set “at a cost of several thousand pounds to ourselves and undoubtedly the same to the taxpayers of Newham,” the petition says. 

A Newham Council spokesperson said: “This case is before the courts so we are limited in what we can say.

“We can assure people however that the dog is well and being cared for by skilled and highly trained officers and no action or decision about its future will be made until after the legal proceedings are concluded. 

“We aim to identify the owners of all the dogs collected by the council so we can reunite them with their pets, or where the owners cannot be traced we make every effort to rehome them.

“However 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.”

Ellie has reportedly not bitten anyone and is legally not a prohibited breed. 

An independent assessor has also declared she isn’t dangerous. 

Campaigners are hoping over 10,000 people will sign the petition. You can follow Ellie’s story on this Facebook page.

More than £3,000 has been given to support campaigners with court expenses so far and you can make a donation here.



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