Bella, who was taken by dog wardens from outside a shop

FINGAL County Council has refused to explain the actions of an “over-zealous” dog warden who seized a family pet left outside a shop in Skerries by its owner.

The family’s beloved King Charles Cavalier, Bella, who has arthritis, spent the night at the pound and they had to pay €120 to get her home safely the next day.

Owner Carol said Bella was “visibly distressed” when they went to collect her and the poor pooch was “soaked in her own urine”.

Two Facebook campaigns were launched after the incident – Pound Watch, and Dog Warden Alert Skerries – to keep owners updated on developments.

Bella’s owners said they did not realise it was illegal to tie a dog up by its lead in a public place, but they maintain the way she was taken was “cruel”.

A spokesperson for FCC said they did not discuss individual cases.