Praise for Dogs Trust

North Down Green MLA, Steven Agnew, has been meeting with leaders of animal welfare charities to discuss how best to tackle issues such as puppy farming.

Steven Agnew MLA said “I was delighted to visit the Dogs Trust recently. It was a pleasure to meet the staff who work so tirelessly to ensure that the lives of abandoned dogs in Northern Ireland are safeguarded.”

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of animals are re-homed each year by charities such as Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Newtownards and the Dogs Trust, which works across Northern Ireland.”

“Whilst the service provided by these organizations is fantastic, I am saddened by the number of dogs and puppies being dumped in animal sanctuaries.”

“I have learned through speaking to animal charity workers that many of these dogs have come from puppy farms.”

“More needs to be done to regulate and license breeders, and I am working with relevant organisations to see that this happens. I believe there needs to be better regulation and enforcement by relevant public agencies to curb the unchecked breeding of dogs by breeders who often put profit ahead of animal welfare.”

Steven Agnew concluded “I would urge any of my constituents who are considering getting a puppy or older dog to do their homework. Make sure that you see the puppy’s mum and that she is healthy. Look for clues that the dog actually lives there and ask to see vaccination and micro-chipping records.”

Photo caption: Steven Agnew MLA with staff and puppies at the Dogs Trust.

21 July 2015

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