MSP backs dog campaign

Newly elected MSP Graeme Dey visited the Help for Abandoned Animals sanctuary on Monday morning. Pictured with him are, from left - Ian Robb, Mr Dey, 5 month old Staffi Benji, Heather Forte and Councillor Donald Morrison.
Newly elected MSP Graeme Dey visited the Help for Abandoned Animals sanctuary on Monday morning. Pictured with him are, from left - Ian Robb, Mr Dey, 5 month old Staffi Benji, Heather Forte and Councillor Donald Morrison.

NEWLY elected Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has backed an Arbroath charity’s campaign on clamping down on the unlicensed breeding of Staffordshire bull terriers.

Help for Abandoned Animals, which is based at Kinaldie, has seen a huge rise in the number of staffies being abandoned.

And the vice-president of the charity, Ian Robb, has submitted a petition to the Scottish Government, which includes 2,500 signatures, calling for tighter controls and legislation of the breeding of these dogs.

Six in every 10 dogs taken to the Kinaldie kennels are staffies and Mr Robb believes the number of puppies of that breed being abandoned is getting out of control.

His petition is already in the hands of the Scottish Petitions Committee and will be submitted to ministers within the next two weeks.

Mr Dey visited the kennels on Monday and praised the work of Help for Abandoned Animals for trying to raise awareness of the situation.

He said: “Great credit to Ian Robb for bringing the issue to the fore and doing a difficult job with limited resources.

“It seems there needs to be a package of legislation across all levels of government to try and tackle this issue.”

r Pictured is Ian Robb, Mr Dey, five-month-old staffi Benji, Heather Forte from Help for Abandoned Animals and Councillor Donald Morrison.