Walkies to raise funds for dogs seized in raids

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

KIND-HEARTED dog own­ers from across South Wales got to­gether to raise money for a res­cue cen­tre that took in an­i­mals seized dur­ing police raids in Cardiff.

The South Wales French Bull­dog Meet Up Group met at Bryn­garw Coun­try Park, in Brid­gend, for a walk and raised nearly £600 for Hope Res­cue, in Pon­ty­clun,

Mem­bers of the group baked cakes and made dog treats and do­nated items to sell and prizes to be raf­fled at the event.

The group, which was set up four years ago, was touched by the re­cent re­ports of dogs being seized in Cardiff last month.

Or­gan­is­ers said they wanted to demon­strate that there are re­spon­si­ble French bull­dog own­ers in South Wales.

Of­fi­cers took the six French bull­dogs and eight English bull­dogs, in­clud­ing five pup­pies, un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act when they ex­e­cuted nine war­rants in Llan­rum­ney and one in Cardiff Bay.

The an­i­mals were signed over to the care of Hope Res­cue. They were taken to a vets for a check where they were found to have mul­ti­ple health is­sues in­clud­ing cherry eye, en­tropia, ear mites, ear in­fec­tions and skin in­fec­tions.

A spokes­woman for the char­ity said at the time: “There was not one healthy dog or puppy amongst them. All of the dogs have been checked for mi­crochips and we can con­firm none of them are stolen dogs.

“It was also clear the fe­males had been used for breed­ing on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions – noth­ing more than money-mak­ing ma­chines. The good news is that these poor dogs will now get all the vet treat­ment they need and will never be used for breed­ing again. It will costs us thou­sands to get these poor abused dogs healthy again.”

She added: “With so many dogs cur­rently in our care our run­ning costs are through the roof as you can imag­ine, es­pe­cially our vet costs.

“We’ll have lots of skin com­plaints and ear and eye in­fec­tions to deal with as well as pre­ven­ta­tive care such as vac­ci­na­tions, worm/flea treat­ment and neu­ter­ing.

“We are able to help these dogs because of the kind do­na­tions from our sup­port­ers, es­pe­cially those who do­nate a small amount every month.”

The South Wales French Bull­dog Meet Up Group gets to­gether twice a month for walks across the re­gion and sup­ports sev­eral dog char­i­ties.

To find out more about how to do­nate to the an­i­mal res­cue cen­tre, visit hop­eres­cue. org.uk

Mem­bers of the South Wales French Bull­dog Meet Up Group at Bryn­garw Coun­try Park

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