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MP speaks out on welfare of dogs

A DOG-LOVING MP spoke out last week on several aspects of the welfare of dogs during a House of Commons Adjournment Debate.

Andrew Rosindell, Conservative MP for Romford, secured the half hour debate on the Welfare of Dogs last Friday. During the debate, he managed to encompass several different aspects of dog welfare, including such subjects as dog theft, Breed Specific Legislation, racing Greyhounds and electric shock collars.

Mr Rosindell paid tribute to many of the groups working for the good of dogs, saying: ‘I have had the privilege of working with some of the most dedicated groups and organisations in the country, who perform a magnificent job in defending the interests of our four-legged friends.

‘I pay particular tribute to the Kennel Club, whose work in the dog world goes far beyond the call of duty, extending from welfare issues to dog shows, breeding and, of course, the Westminster dog of the year competition. The Dogs Trust has also campaigned on dog welfare-related issues to ensure a safe and happy future for caninekind, and has made the slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ a household phrase. The Dogs Trust will ‘never put a healthy dog down’ - the popular motto that inspires so many people to sponsor its wonderful re-homing programme.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is another organisation that does miraculous work in looking after dogs that have been cast out by cruel and irresponsible people.’