AN ARBROATH dog campaigner is hoping to tackle the massive problem of the overbreeding of pets in his latest crusade.
On Friday, Ian Robb, chairman of Angus Dog Rescue, invited Nanette Milne MSP to the kennels at Kinaldie to discuss the problem.
The rescue centre is having to deal with a huge influx of dogs that are abandoned or unwanted due to overbreeding.
And with the majority of this breeding occurring in council properties, Mr Robb is hoping all local authorities ban the unlicensed practice of this in their housing stock.
Now he is hoping to take his case once again to the Scottish Parliament and to rural affairs minister Richard Lochhead.
Mr Robb said: “It is sad that I have been battling this for nearly four years now.
“The government needs to be aware of what is going on to do something about it.
“It tends to be the bigger breeds that we are seeing more of and in 2011 we had 48 staffies come through here.
“Luckily it went down to 12 last year but there is still a big problem.”
Mr Robb says Angus Council is already lending support to his campaign but would like other Scottish councils to follow.
He added: “We are already noticing a difference in Angus due to the support given by the council who have clamped down on this and we just hope others will do the same. “
Nanette Milne MSP who talked to Mr Robb on Friday praised the work of the centre and said she would be taking their concerns to a meeting this week with Mr Lochhead.
And she added that compulsory micro-chipping may be the way forward.
She said: “This is happening in England and I think it would be beneficial to Scotland too.
“I’m very impressed with the work going on here but very disappointed with the number of people abandoning dogs.”
Log on to our websites www.arbroathherald.co.uk and www.guideandgazette.co.uk to watch a video of some of the dogs at Angus Dog Rescue and interviews with Ian Robb and Nanette Milne MSP.