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We believe that it is vital to license Dogs, Rescues and Breeders 

Our proposal for a new governing body to regulate dog rescues, breeding, and dog licensing.

 

The issue of stray dogs in the UK is becoming a problem of epidemic proportions.

 

There is an estimated 9,000,000 dogs in the UK, and this is vastly due to the indiscriminate breeding that is allowed without check. Because of this the council pounds are vastly over stretched, and the dogs are paying the price of an estimate of 1200 a week being put to sleep due to lack of kennel space, and this is just from the council pounds that took part in a survey equals 65%.

 

ANYONE can start a rescue, there are no rules, regulations or guidelines.

Dog fighting is the biggest growing ‘sport’ in this country, with millions being gambled, Dog fighters can set up a rescue and find a very easy source for their bait dogs. The proposals we have can also put a massive stop to this. It will also put a stop to Puppy Farming.

 

The proposal is to bring back dog licensing, licensing of rescues and ALL breeders.  

  • This can be linked to the new law coming in regarding microchipping. 

  • The licensing of rescues and breeding can be started with almost immediate effect.

  • The licensing of dogs can be phased in from a set date, whereby any dog taken into the pound is either claimed by the owner, obtains a rescue space or is put to sleep. In the case of the first two, a license must be obtained.

  • All new puppies sold from said date must be licensed.

  • All dogs adopted from a rescue centre must be licensed.

  • Any governing body called to a dog causing a nuisance etc., must then be licensed.

 

Following this system, within a few years we estimate that 80% of dogs in this country will be licensed.

 

The estimated revenue from this proposal is in excess of £200 million a year.

It will also save councils between £50,000-£150,000 a year in pound fees, and costs associated with stray dogs.

The Kennel Club had 250,000 puppies registered in 2013 this alone would generate £5,000,000.

 

The idea is that it is a totally independent body is set up and run by people that know the workings of the dog world, and are prepared to follow through with the necessary checks.                         

 

  • The plan is to break the country down into eight regions, North, North-East, Central, East, South-East, West, North-West and South-West.

  • Each region to have a co-ordinator and a team, the size of which depends on the size of the region.

  • Each region will be responsible for monitoring and governing dog licensing, and the licensing of rescues and breeders.

  • They are to be given the power to inspect premises without notice to ensure that all necessary requirements are being carried out and adhered to.

  • The dog license to be costed at £20 per year per dog, or £100 for a lifetime license. Anyone found to have failed to obtain a license will be allowed to purchase one immediately at £30 or face a £100 fine

  • Rescues are to be licensed and regularly inspected. The fee can be pro rata depending on the size of the rescue, estimated at £50-£200.

  • ALL breeders must be licensed, the fee would be £500 per year. Strict guidelines must be adhered to, and premises inspected without notice. If a person is found to be breeding without a license, they will immediately be required to pay the fee or the bitch and puppies seized.

  • The council pounds will become the responsibility of the governing body, and they must also adhere to strict guidelines. The governing body will pay the pounds accordingly, all pound pullers must be licensed.

  • The governing body will also have control over the BSL law, and DNA testing will be introduced to determine the breed and, subject to the dog being of ‘type’, temperament tests will then be carried out; this is to be done much quicker and more efficiently to save the heartbreak of families of genuine family pets.

  • Dangerous dogs act will be looked at accordingly.

  • All those involved in the governing body will have to attend a basic dog language and behavioural course.

  • The monies generated from this new scheme will be vast, and it is intended for funds to be used to help all registered rescues with neutering costs, and a cheaper option also made available to the public.

  • There will be a hotline where people can phone to report any unlicensed breeder or rescue.

 

We strongly believe that if this can be implemented, not only will our stray dog problem be greatly reduced, it will encourage much more responsible ownership, and we will have far less reported dog attacks, that seem to be on the increase.

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