News Date: Tuesday 6th November 2012
LOCAL MP VISITS DOGS TRUST SHOREHAM
Tim Loughton MP takes a tour of Dogs Trust rehoming centre
On Monday (November 5th) MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, Tim Loughton, visited the Dogs Trust Shoreham rehoming centre for the second time and was greeted by a number of VIPs (very important pooches). The Conservative Party MP made many new furry friends at the centre, but it was clear for all to see that there was a special connection with little puppy, Big Bird.
Mr Loughton also discussed key dog welfare issues with canine carers at the rehoming centre. Staff explained the benefits of microchipping, a simple and effective tool that Dogs Trust believes should be made compulsory across the UK to help trace abandoned pets back to irresponsible owners and reduce the number of healthy dogs unnecessarily put to sleep in the UK. Mr Loughton was able to see firsthand how a microchip detection device works when he scanned a resident puppy and successfully identified her microchip.
Speaking following the visit, Clarissa Baldwin OBE, CEO of Dogs Trust said:
“The staff at the centre and I were delighted to welcome Tim Loughton to Dogs Trust Shoreham. The dogs were all on their best behaviour and had extra waggy tails to make him feel welcome!
Abandonment is one of the main reasons dogs come in to our centre, and this year we have seen 8,357 dogs picked up in the Meridian TV region, equating to 23 dogs being picked up each day by Local Authorities. We believe that these numbers could be reduced by the introduction of compulsory microchipping. We hope that Mr Loughton’s visit to our centre will help to highlight this important issue and be a positive step towards tackling the problem”.
Tim Loughton MP commented:
"Visiting Dogs Trust Shoreham again has been a fantastic opportunity for me to witness first hand the work the staff at the centre do and meet some of the dogs being cared for. It is important that we highlight dog welfare issues, such as microchipping, in the south coast, especially given the number of stray and abandoned dogs in the region. It is clear that the introduction of compulsory microchipping has many benefits and much support, so I will work to urge the government to introduce it in order to prevent the problems of stray dogs and promote responsible ownership in the East Worthing and Shoreham constituency and UK as a whole".
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year through its nationwide network of 18 rehoming centres. For more information about Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.