Our statement on Nennella
Frequently Asked Questions About the Nennella Case
This has been a difficult period for all parties involved. All Dogs Matter have acted within the law and with Nennella’s best interest at heart every step of the way. We will continue our vital work rehoming dogs in need.
We will not tolerate any abuse towards our staff who are animal lovers working hard to advocate for dogs in need.
Update as of 14th July 2021
Nennella was taken to the Haringey dog pound in Waltham Abbey after being found on a busy train platform in Tottenham. She was not micro-chipped, as required by law, or wearing a collar and a tag to be able to identify her. Nennella was kept at the dog pound and then transferred to our charity, All Dogs Matter, for rehoming. We then placed her in foster home, as she was distressed in kennels, before formally rehoming her to a safe new home 14 days later.
We acted in good faith and with Nennella’s best interests in mind and – alongside Nennella’s new owner – were found to be innocent parties in this case.
The details of Nennella’s new owner have not been given to Mr Bochetti only to his legal team as the judge was very concerned about the threats made by individuals online towards our charity staff and Nenella’s new owner.
Nennella is really happy and settled in new home, where she has been for 10 months, after being adopted and her loving new owners would be heartbroken to now lose her.
It’s a regrettable situation for everyone involved and we sympathise with all parties.
9th July 2021
At a hearing on Thursday 8th July before the Central London County Court HHJ Dwight made an order, known as “Norwich Pharmacal” order, which requires us to identify the new keeper of a seized dog which was found as stray without a microchip or collar. The identity of the new keeper of that dog is not to made public and contrary to some claims on social media does not mean that the dog will be handed over to Mr Bochetti. It simply means that the details of the new keeper will be made available to Mr Bochetti’s legal team in order that they can consider bringing a claim against the new keeper.
We take this opportunity to remind every one that it is a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped and to wear a collar which identifies their owner and which will enable the owner to be reunited with their pet if their animal strays. Having your dog properly identified will enable you and your dog to be reunited much more quickly and much more cheaply than not doing so.
We sympathise will all parties concerned in this case. Any further updates will be posted here.
2nd December 2020
All Dogs Matter is a long-established well renowned rescue centre that works tirelessly with local councils to safely rehome stray and unwanted dogs saving them from often having to be put to sleep.
Owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs do not stray and have a legal requirement to microchip their dog and ensure it wears a collar with a tag identifying the owner. In that way anyone finding a stray can contact the owner.
Dealing with stray dogs is regulated by law and local councils have for over 30 years been responsible for them. Where a council takes in a stray dog, they must first and foremost contact the registered owner if there is one and send out a section 149 notice to the registered address. If the dog is microchipped the dog can be returned to its legal owner but when there is no way of contacting a dog’s owner and that owner does not come forward after seven days the council is at liberty to pass the dog on to a contracted rescue centre where they will find them a new home.
In Nennella’s case she was picked up as a stray by Harringay Council. She was not wearing a collar or an ID tag and was not microchipped. After seven days Nennella was passed to our charity for rehoming. She remained on our website and in our care for a number of weeks before we matched her with a suitable forever home.
We have been made aware that a group wants to challenge the law that applies to strays, after raising significant funds, and has arbitrarily chosen Nennella’s rehoming as a test case resulting in All Dogs Matter now possibly facing being joined in a court case despite having acted completely legally. Our solicitors have been in touch with Harringay Council’s legal team who have also confirmed that they are satisfied that Nennella’s case has been handled correctly and in line with legislation. Being forced to defend totally accepted rehoming practice, we will have to use limited funds to deal with this case which could otherwise be used saving and improving dogs’ lives.
We are concerned that supporters of this campaign have made inappropriate, misleading and derogatory remarks about All Dogs Matter including insults and threats. Our volunteers and staff have a right to work safely without being subjected to this offensive behaviour. All appropriate action will be taken against anyone who behaves in this way, hindering our humane and important work saving dogs’ lives.
We urge the public to always microchip their dogs, tag them and keep their details up to date to ensure that if their dog goes missing they can be much more easily located and reunited.