Stop Puppy Farming in Scotland
An application has been made to East Ayrshire Council for a Puppy Farm to house up to 40 bitches and their pups. The application has been made by Hazel Hamilton whose husband is married to the brother of David and Jonathan Hamilton who run the UK Dog Breeding Academy,in Fivemiletown, which recently featured in a revealing BBC documentary on puppy farming. The conditions at Fivemiletown shown in the film were described by Scotlands chief veterinary surgeon as “barbaric, it was a production line. It was using animals as a commodity”.
If the Scottish Government cares about animal welfare it will not allow this puppy farm to go ahead under any circumstances.
Below is the text of a letter of objection that you can e-mail to:
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I am writing regarding the upcoming decision by East Ayrshire Licensing Panel on an application to operate a dog breeding facility in New Intax Farm, Newmilns.
While I accept that planning permission was granted last year I feel that now the matter has reached a licensing stage the Council can now legitimately block this proposed venture. I believe that authorities are aware of concerns surrounding this application and would appeal to you to base your decision on these.
It would be a sad reflection on not only the area but of the Council itself to allow what could potentially be viewed as the industrial farming of dogs. Please do not allow a precedent to be set.
With the ever increasing numbers of unwanted and abandoned dogs finding their way to rescue organisations how can you be sure that these organisations are taking into account both the welfare of the dogs they are re-homing and the suitability of their new potential owners. There has been an increase of dogs being offered for re-homing using social media websites and though no doubt most of these are being operated by those with their best intentions they may not have the experience, time or resources of well established organisations. Even worse are those who are running rescue centres or sanctuaries to generate income without any regard to the welfare of the dogs they have taken in. One such is this so called Ayrshire Animal Sanctuary as this horrific report illustrates. So make sure that before you consider any dog for re-homing that those offering it are a responsible organisation.
These are this years winners
First Prize Krug-Baumen Ladies Watch- Ivy Shaw
Second Prize A Danish Design Dog Bed and goodies- Vanessa McHugh
Consolation Prizes Anne Passmore and Thai Nicholson
Many thanks to all who took part and helped us raise over £700.00
Chris Baber set himself a challenge to see how many miles he could walk in a year and be sponsored for £1 per mile. He has just managed 500 miles helped by his dobe Bonnie. Many thanks from FOND who have befitted from her £500 of sponsorship.
Next year he hope to complete 1,000 miles, if you would like to take up the challenge you can find out more HERE
Another generous donation from Doberdayz
Sharon Chamberlin and all at Doberdayz are regular and generous supporters. Following their terrific donation of £655 raised at their summer show we have received a further £100 donation from their charity boxes. Sharon is a long time supporter of FOND and her company Doberdayz covers many aspects of caring for your dog including Dog Training, Walking and Boarding. For any Dobermann owners in the Rickmansworth – Beconsfield area she is well worth contacting if you need advice in any of the above. Here is a LINK to her website.
Sharon owns Coco originally a FOND Dobie that excels at obedience and agility thanks to her wonderful training.
Dany Roberts and his wife Laura re-homed Elvis in 2013. Recently Dany raised a fantastic £230 from his sponsors for the Pedal for Scotland charity ride. See the handsome chap on the right sporting an orange top.
Thanks very much not only to Dany but to Laura who in addition arranged for Henry Schein Animal Health, the company she works for, to send FOND a box of goodies which will make a fantastic prize for our Christmas Raffle. As you can see from the picture this generous selection is a prize well worth having.
We have just received a generous donation from the charity Give a Dog a Gift a charitable trust set up to provide grants to small dog rescue organisations.
The charity paid our veterinary bill for the month of August and with vets bills being one of our items of major expenditure this was very welcome.
So many thanks to Give a Dog a Gift if you would like to help them please look at their website.
Many thanks to Scottish Dobermann Club members and friends who raised more than £700 for FOND at their Burns Night event earlier this year
This gives us a much needed boost to our reserves to help with the inevitable costs for veterinary fees we will be incurring in the coming year ahead
It is now 25 years since the inception of the Dangerous Dogs Act. Once again the Government is being urged to look at this outdated knee-jerk legislation and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has published a report Dog Bites What’s Breed got to do with it
This comprehensive report surveyed 215 professional dog behaviourists and 74% of these said that the breed of a dog was either irrelevant or could only be a slight contributing factor in determining it’s aggression factor. An overview of the reports findings can be seen HERE
Support for this report and the repeal of breed specific legislation has come from The Dogs Trust, The Kennel Club and dog law solicitor Trevor Cooper. Unfortunately as one might expect DEFFRA the ministry responsible for the implementation and administration of the Act refuse to look at any revisions to it
Meanwhile the many dogs being held in kennels with no exercise or social contact under this legislation will continue to suffer for months awaiting arbitrary decisions on their lives or death by so called experts
The latest case demonstrating this outrageous situation can be read in this news article
Cross Party MPs have united in support of League Against Cruel Sports Bloodline Project report calling for a national task force to be set up to stamp out this barbaric activity. You can read more here