A family desperate to find their lost dog, tried to help him find his way home by leaving a trail of urine on local streets.
The family from Bristol lost their Labrador Simon on the 4th July and when he did not return, the family tried this unorthodox method on the streets of Clifton to lure him back.
Bristol City Council were not impressed, and stated:
“We would not consider this to be a good idea from an environmental health point of view.”
A member of the family, 43 year old Louise Baltesz said the entire family had helped to lay the trail of scent and although she knew there had been significant criticism, they would do anything to get their beloved 10 year old Labrador safely home. She commented:
“There are people who are upset about it, but I’m too emotionally drained to think about it. I’m worried about it – I really am. If everyone peed in the street it would be disgusting, wouldn’t it? But it’s very, very diluted.”
The idea for laying the scent trail came from a website offering advice for those dog owners with missing dogs.
Jonathan Baltesz, 44, wife Louise, and children Henry, 15 and Clara, 13
Mrs Baltesz added:
“I do feel mad doing it, but I’m driven to desperate measures. Apparently it’s quite a normal way of doing it. You just put a little bit in a bottle and then top it up with water. You put some smelly food down, they come towards the food and then catch the scent [of the urine]. You only have to do it once. We’ve left two trails.”
The Baltesz family, 44 year old Jonathan, wife Louise and their two children, Henry aged 15 and Clara aged 13 have also put up ‘missing’ posters and had several possible sightings reported.
Bristol City Council have said it is unlikely they will take action against the family unless the act continued.