Puppy cam­paign

Stirling Observer - - PRIMARY ONES -

Stirling MP Stephen Kerr vis­ited Ban­death Stray Dog Shel­ter to back a cam­paign against puppy smug­gling.

A re­port by the Dogs’ Trust showed that be­tween De­cem­ber 2015 and May 2017 there were 571 pup­pies in­ter­cepted by UK cus­toms and deemed to be il­le­gally im­ported.

The pup­pies came from as far away as Lithua­nia, a 1000-mile trip that would have taken 35 hours.

Dogs may not be pro­vided with food, ex­er­cise or toi­let breaks dur­ing the trips and could be given in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter.

Mr Kerr said 65 lo­cal res­i­dents con­tacted him to draw his at­ten­tion to the is­sue.

He said:“Puppy smug­gling is cruel to the dogs. Of­ten they are kept and trans­ported in aw­ful con­di­tions.

“Any­one in­volved should face re­ally tough penal­ties and we should send a clear mes­sage that treat­ing an­i­mals in this way is not ac­cept­able.

“In con­trast my visit to Ban­death was a real plea­sure.

“It is heart­en­ing to see the love and af­fec­tion the vol­un­teers and staff have for the dogs that need their help.

“Any­one think­ing of get­ting a dog should come. There are some won­der­ful ones here, full of char­ac­ter and just want­ing a lov­ing home.”

Sup­port Stephen Kerr with Ann Vines, Janet Mur­phy and Tory

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