Breeding controls needed more than ever

Patch and Snowy, who are being cared for Angus Dog Rescue.
Patch and Snowy, who are being cared for Angus Dog Rescue.

Campaigner Ian Robb is even more determined to demand tighter controls on dog breeding after rescuing two severely underweight puppies.

Mr Robb, who runs the charity Angus Dog Rescue, was called out to a council property in Arbroath on Monday to rescue Snowy and Patch, two malnourished Staffordshire cross bull terriers.

The owners were unable to take proper care of the dogs due to over-breeding and had to call in the charity for help.

Luckily for Snowy and Patch they will be able to be rehabilitated at the rescue kennels at Kinaldie and hopefully eventually rehomed.

But Mr Robb believes cases such as these are far too common and something must be done to stop the over-breeding of dogs, especially in council owned properties.

He told the Herald: “This is a much bigger problem than people realise and something has to be done about it.

“Breeding has got out of control, especially in council owned properties.

“We are seeing an awful lot more people come to us asking for help with food and things like that because they have too many dogs to feed.

“Fortunately the situation has improved slightly in the last two years as we don’t have as many staffies to rehome but it is still a problem.”

Patch and Snowy, who should weigh around 19 kilogrammes are now on a special diet of five small meals to build them up after they only tipped the scales at 11 kilogrammes.

It is hoped that in the next month they will be fit and well enough to go to good homes and even though they haven’t even been at Angus Dog Rescue for a week yet, there has been a vast improvement.

Mr Robb explained: “It was so sad because you could see their ribs sticking out and they were covered with fleas and their nails were covered in dirt.

“They were so timid but even after 24 hours you could see the difference, and now we will build them up so they can go on to new homes.

“It’s not worth thinking about what they would have been like if they had been left like that for another two or three weeks.”