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Peter Luff MP takes a tour of Dogs Trust rehoming centre

On Friday (October 12th) MP for Mid Worcestershire Peter Luff visited the Evesham Dogs Trust rehoming centre and was greeted by a number of VIPs (very important pooches). Having previously visited the centre in 2001 the Conservative Party MP was this time greeted by a number of new residents and it was clear for all to see that there was a strong connection with puppy Bo.

Mr Luff also discussed key dog welfare issues with front line staff at the centre and scanned a microchipped dog. Staff at the centre explained the benefits of microchipping, a simple and effective tool that Dogs Trust believes should be made compulsory across the UK to help trace abandoned pets back to irresponsible owners and reduce the number of healthy dogs unnecessarily put to sleep in the UK.

Speaking following the visit, Clarissa Baldwin OBE, CEO of Dogs Trust said:

“The staff at the centre and I were delighted to welcome Peter Luff once again to Dogs Trust Evesham. The dogs were all on their best behaviour and had extra waggy tails to make him feel welcome!

Abandonment is one of the main reasons dogs come in to our centre, and this year we have seen 20,366 dogs picked up in the Central region, equating to 55 dogs being picked up each day by Local Authorities. We believe that these numbers could be reduced by the introduction of compulsory microchipping. We hope that Mr Luff’s visit to our centre will help to highlight this important issue and be a positive step towards tackling the problem”.

Peter Luff MP, who also had the chance to scan a puppy for a microchip commented:

“Dogs Trust does outstanding work locally here in the Vale, nationally and internationally. Its campaign for the microchipping of all dogs is one I strongly support. It will make it easier to reunite lost dogs with their owners, curtail irresponsible dog ownership and save local authorities, who have responsibility for dealing with strays, a lot of money”.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year through its nationwide network of 18 rehoming centres. For more information about Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Photo show Peter Luff scanning Bo’s microchip

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Graham Press Officer
0207 833 7709 Sarah.graham@dogstrust.org.uk

Margaret Donnellan Public Affairs Officer
020 7833 7266 Margaret.donnellan@dogstrust.org.uk

Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can live a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

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