A WOMAN has praised the people who helped her when she found two stray dogs.

Liz Smith, from St John’s managed to catch the dalmatian and the mastiff, which were lost on the busy Rainbow Hill, Worcester.

She posted a picture of the animals on Facebook hoping to find the dogs owners.

However, she has since been advised this was not the best move.

One dog has been reunited with its owner and the other has been taken to a rescue shelter where staff can find it a suitable new home.

Despite the positive outcome Ms Smith was told by the Worcestershire Regulatory Officer who collected the dogs to avoid an emotional response and posting a photo or identification details on social media or in the media because this can lead to disputes over rightful ownership. Instead, it is best to contact Worcester Regulatory Service and leave a message with your number.

Ms Smith said: “I was so very glad to be in the right place at the right time.

"I didn’t quite get the process right but managed with the help of members of the public, my neighbour, Scales Pharmacy, Lowesmoor Vets and of course Worcestershire Regulatory Services dog warden, we got there.”

“I understand, incredibly, that some people consider this service to be a ‘bunch of dog catchers’. They are not. We are very, very lucky to have such coverage in Worcestershire.”

Pip Singleton, the officer from Worcestershire Regulatory Service who collected the dogs from Ms Smith’s home said micro-chipping pets is important as this is the main way services can return dogs to their owners.

She said: “Some people don’t update their details and these days we change our mobiles so often. This can make it very difficult to find a dogs’ owner. Also in our throw away culture, dogs are sold on dreadful social media pages. People don’t realise the dog is microchipped and they get passed from pillar to post.”

The Regulatory service is available Monday to Friday, from 9-5pm on 01905 822799.