I've put this rant into â€œNearest and Dearestâ€ forum because I know what I, and most other people, think about their animals. Generally, people who assume the responsibility of sharing their homes with animals do so diligently and caringly. However, things can go wrong even in the best run homes and pet dogs can slip the leash and go walkabout. With address collars and tagging by electronic chips most of these strays are quickly re-united with their 'families', generally by the police. From Sunday the law is changing and no longer will the police handle the management of stray dogs. The onus will now be devolved to the local council. A sum of Â£4M has been allocated by government to cover the added expense but that sum will spread very thinly over the entire UK, The upshot is that councils will, in all probability, ask members of the public who report a stray dog to bring the animal into a council run kennel. Like that is going to happen. The average member of the public who sees a dog that he or she does not know running wild will be more concerned about their own and their familyâ€™s safety in the face of a possibly dangerous animal. They are hardly likely to bother reporting it if they are going to be told to approach, secure and take the responsibility for 'bringing it in', are they? I am sure that no politician would admit that they are deliberately planning to introduce packs of feral dogs to the urban landscape but that in effect is going to be the result of this penny-pinching change to the legislation. I could go on but enough is enough; rant over.