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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Barrow rescuers speak out as Staffies are abandoned to sorry plight

FOUR Staffordshire bull terriers were abandoned at Barrow’s dog pound on Christmas Day, it has been revealed.

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needing a home Some of the Staffordshire bull terriers at Barrow Kennels. Kennel staff have seen a sharp rise in the numbers of Staffies being abandoned over the festive period

And staff say that more than 90 per cent of dogs needing new homes are now Staffies, who will be put down if homes cannot be found.

Anita Green, secretary of Animal Refuge Furness, says people are refusing to take them as rescue pets because of fears that they are dangerous.

Mrs Green says that, in the right hands, Staffies are very loyal and affectionate animals.

She said people who wanted to adopt an animal were even stipulating that they did not want a Staffie when they enquired about what pets were available.

Barrow’s dog kennels saw an increase number of abandoned animals over the festive period, with the majority being Staffordshire terriers.

Barrow Borough Council dog pound worker, Jevon Turner, said the four Staffies were actually found abandoned on Christmas Day.

He said: “They are very difficult to rehome yet they are a really good breed and not one of the ones we have had in lately has a bad temperament. It’s really sad but people just don’t want to know.”

Mrs Green said: “Ninety per cent of the dogs up for rehoming are Staffordshire bull terriers.

“This is simply not because of the breed but by the deed of the previous owners. Staffies are wonderful pets and rank highly among the top dogs with children.

“They have ended up in rescue mainly because of unscrupulous breeders over-breeding for money and then rehoming them, often to the wrong people.

“Free advertising websites have added to the crisis as many dogs are advertised for free or at low cost and many are taken for fighting or more breeding.

“A lot of these Staffies go through a tremendous amount of abuse. All this has inevitably led to a bad media image. Yet Staffies are very sensitive and affectionate animals who suffer tremendous stress in kennels.

“Rescue centres around the country are buckling with the pressure from the amount of Staffies being abandoned and finding themselves on ‘death row.’’’

Have your say

Why not install CCTV near the rescue centre? I know it costs money but in the long run it would serve as a deterrent to those abandoning these poor animals. You can identify them then and prosecute them. Simple really!

Posted by A solution on 6 January 2014 at 16:37

I have 2 rescued staffies & they are fantastic dogs. They want nothing more than love & attention. The Kennel Club name for the Staffie, is the Nanny dog. Because they are great with & very protective of children. Our 2 Staffies are great with our grandchildren & play with them all the time. However,I would never leave them unattended with them. Not because of the breed. No dogs should be left alone with children. No matter what the breed. All dogs have the potential to bite. Not just Staffies. The fear element comes from a few years ago of the "chav" culture. When they were a status symbol amongst the chavs. I would recommend & ask people to consider one of these dogs. I would take them all in if I had the room. But already have 4 dogs.

Posted by Staffie Lover on 6 January 2014 at 14:02

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