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A happy tail as dog warden reunites Zazu with owner

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Zazu and KejaCARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S dog warden has played a part in an emotional reunion between a dog who’d been missing more than a year, and his owner who had started to give up hope of ever seeing him again.

Simon Hansell, a council warden for over 10 years, said he’s never been involved in a story with such a happy ending after reuniting six-year-old Shitzu-Bichon Frise cross Zazu with his owner last week.

Zazu had gone missing from the family home in Ferryside in April 2015 when he escaped through a gate that had been left open, and despite their best efforts including an extensive social media campaign and phone calls to hundreds of vets and kennels, his owner Karen Howell couldn’t track him down.

On Thursday (Jul 28) however, Karen’s daughter Keja was contacted by a friend who had seen a Llandeilo vet’s Facebook post about a stray dog and there started the story that would end in a very emotional reunion.

Keja said:  “We hadn’t given up hope – he was a part of our family, and it was awful that we couldn’t find him. We’ve always kept an eye on missing dogs pages and Facebook.

“On Thursday, my best friend phoned me and said a dog like Zazu had been found, so I rung the kennels who put me in contact with the dog warden Simon, and when I sent him photos he said he did think it was our dog, but couldn’t be 100% and to come and take a look. We just couldn’t believe it!

“I was afraid that it wouldn’t be him or that he wouldn’t recognise me, but as soon as I saw him, I knew it was him – he was a little wary at first, but within a few seconds his tail started wagging and he came to me – it was amazing.

“My mother was on a flight to Canada but I called her when she landed and she just can’t believe it.”

Keja believes that Zazu may have been picked up and kept by someone who tried to use him for breeding, unaware that he had been neutered.

When he was found, he was infested with fleas, had a bad skin condition and was dirty and matted. He was also very nervous and did not interact well with people – a sign that he may have been neglected for some time. He has since been treated by vets and is getting back to good health.

“He’s getting better and better, sleeping a lot probably because now he can finally relax,” said Keja. “We’ve been out on some short walks, and we’ve introduced him to our new dog Madi who we bought for my mother a few months ago to help her get over losing Zazu.

“We had so much support from people in Carmarthenshire when he went missing, it was lovely to share the good news. A video we posted on Facebook has already had around 9,000 views.

“We can’t thank Simon, the dog warden service, the kennels and the vets enough.”

Simon was pleased to play a part in the reunion, and said this heart-warming story would give hope to other owners of missing pets.

“It’s lovely to see an owner that didn’t give up and to have a good story with a happy ending – it’s nice to make a difference,” he said.

“As dog wardens, our priority is to reunite owners with their pets. If we cannot do that, we work with vets and rescue centres to deal with any health issues and do our best to re-home them with loving families.

“I would urge all dog owners to please get their dogs micro-chipped – this helps us to reunite lost dogs with their owners much more quickly – and please keep contact details up to date if you move address or change phone numbers. It’s also the law that dogs must wear a collar and tag with contact details when they are outdoors – this again helps us find owners more quickly.

“Lastly, if any member of the public finds a stray dog – please contact the dog warden service – it’s important that we’re aware of all strays. We will take care of their welfare and do our best to find their legitimate owners even if you are making your own efforts by using social media. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous people out there that will claim a lost dog even if it’s not theirs.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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