Dog charity changes rules on admission policy following aggressive dogs concern

The kennels at Stokenchurch Dog Rescue with a happy pooch who was rehomed

The kennels at Stokenchurch Dog Rescue with a happy pooch who was rehomed

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A DOG charity has been forced to change its rules following an increase in the number of possibly aggressive dogs being brought to their doors.

Stokenchurch Dog Rescue has now said it will only take those dogs which they feel they can rehome safely.

Chairman Joyce Marriott said: "One operational change we've had to introduce is that we can no longer take in all dogs that are brought to our gate - only those that we feel we can rehome safely."

She added: "Sadly this is a result of an increasing number of unsuitable dogs - by temperament and/or breed type - being brought for re-homing. It's now a legal requirement that for certain cross-breeds, the police must come and check such dogs to ensure we're not falling foul of requirements under the recently revised Dangerous Dogs Act.

"Namely, we're not allowed to re-home any dog deemed to be of a dangerous breed or any part of such breeds."

Last year the charity took in 530 dogs and rehomed 519 of them. Unlike some dog rescue centres, it has a policy to never put healthy dogs to sleep. There were an average of 44 dogs a month in the kennels.

Mrs Marriott said: "Society's relationship with dogs has markedly changed over the past 50 years" and added "designer dogs, status dogs, dogs used as weapons and dog fighting is as prevalent now as it was in the dark ages."

Much publicised dog attacks were due to irresponsible ownership, she said, and added: "If that were not bad enough, more puppy farms are being licensed and a recent report showed that one in five of all such pups will die before they reach six months, 50 per cent develop behavioural problems and more than one in ten will have serious health issues.

"Yet, thousands of these poor pups are advertised daily online and rescue centres like ours are bearing the brunt of this despicable trade."

Mrs Marriott was speaking at the charity's AGM, which heard the charity's work had been boosted by legacies, grants and regular fund raising to continue dog welfare and improvements.

There is a need for more members, legacies, donations and other help for SDR to keep going. More helpers are needed for jumble sales and street collections. Contact 01494 482695.

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4:51pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Scarletto says...

Great pity that this dog centre has to be more choosy. Stupid dog owners who don't train their dogs.
Great pity that this dog centre has to be more choosy. Stupid dog owners who don't train their dogs. Scarletto
  • Score: 8

8:46pm Thu 17 Jul 14

bluefeet says...

I don't think it's about being 'choosy'. It's about an overwhelming number of unwanted & discarded dogs. There are so many beautiful dogs left to fester in rescue centres because of the current trends for designer crosses such as cockapoos, labradoodles and all the other countless poodle crosses designed not to moult in case little Freddie has an allergy or because daddy doesn't want to Hoover up or because mummy wants the latest trendy accessory. Unless you want a working breed for a specific purpose, why would you need to have that designer or pedigree dog? It just encourages puppy farming and irresponsible breeding. Think carefully before you choose your next dog - it is not a status symbol. Examine your prejudice first. 'I like Labradors, spaniels etc'. We all do, but is it essential for you? Could you at least consider providing a home for a rescue dog first? Cockapoos will probably be the staffies of the future in rescue centres.
I don't think it's about being 'choosy'. It's about an overwhelming number of unwanted & discarded dogs. There are so many beautiful dogs left to fester in rescue centres because of the current trends for designer crosses such as cockapoos, labradoodles and all the other countless poodle crosses designed not to moult in case little Freddie has an allergy or because daddy doesn't want to Hoover up or because mummy wants the latest trendy accessory. Unless you want a working breed for a specific purpose, why would you need to have that designer or pedigree dog? It just encourages puppy farming and irresponsible breeding. Think carefully before you choose your next dog - it is not a status symbol. Examine your prejudice first. 'I like Labradors, spaniels etc'. We all do, but is it essential for you? Could you at least consider providing a home for a rescue dog first? Cockapoos will probably be the staffies of the future in rescue centres. bluefeet
  • Score: 11

8:48pm Thu 17 Jul 14

BOOKERite says...

I understand that there is a problem with aggressive dogs, but if Stockenchurch doesn't take them in who will? Will they be left to wander the streets?
I understand that there is a problem with aggressive dogs, but if Stockenchurch doesn't take them in who will? Will they be left to wander the streets? BOOKERite
  • Score: -3

8:52am Fri 18 Jul 14

Phredd says...

Scarletto wrote:
Great pity that this dog centre has to be more choosy. Stupid dog owners who don't train their dogs.
Stupid dog owners who don't get their dogs neutered
[quote][p][bold]Scarletto[/bold] wrote: Great pity that this dog centre has to be more choosy. Stupid dog owners who don't train their dogs.[/p][/quote]Stupid dog owners who don't get their dogs neutered Phredd
  • Score: 3

11:15am Fri 18 Jul 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Phredd wrote:
Scarletto wrote:
Great pity that this dog centre has to be more choosy. Stupid dog owners who don't train their dogs.
Stupid dog owners who don't get their dogs neutered
Stupid owners that need putting down more than the dogs...
[quote][p][bold]Phredd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scarletto[/bold] wrote: Great pity that this dog centre has to be more choosy. Stupid dog owners who don't train their dogs.[/p][/quote]Stupid dog owners who don't get their dogs neutered[/p][/quote]Stupid owners that need putting down more than the dogs... Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 3

2:00pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Marmite XO says...

BOOKERite wrote:
I understand that there is a problem with aggressive dogs, but if Stockenchurch doesn't take them in who will? Will they be left to wander the streets?
Hopefully they will be put down. Who wants dangerous dogs roaming the streets. Maybe we could cook them afterwards and give them to the homeless – after the homeless person in question has done some sort of community service.
[quote][p][bold]BOOKERite[/bold] wrote: I understand that there is a problem with aggressive dogs, but if Stockenchurch doesn't take them in who will? Will they be left to wander the streets?[/p][/quote]Hopefully they will be put down. Who wants dangerous dogs roaming the streets. Maybe we could cook them afterwards and give them to the homeless – after the homeless person in question has done some sort of community service. Marmite XO
  • Score: -5

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