Animal welfare charity, Dogs Trust, visited the Welsh Assembly to discuss their priorities for Wales with Assembly Members including Huw Irranca-Davies AM.
With 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland, including one in Bridgend, the charity cares for around 15,000 dogs each year. They never put a healthy dog down and in the last year the Dogs Trust rehomed more than 650 dogs in Wales alone.
The event provided an opportunity for Dogs Trust to draw attention to its continuing concerns about the breeding and selling of dogs, as well as the use of aversive training devices such as spray, sonic and prong collars.
Dogs Trust’s Head of Public Affairs, Claire Calder said: “We were delighted to visit the Assembly and to chat with Huw Irranca-Davies AM, giving us a chance to voice our worries about dog breeding practices. It is our wish for the Welsh Government to continue taking the lead on dog welfare by extending their ban on electronic shock collars to include other training devices which can be aversive to dogs.
“We urge Assembly Members to support our calls for better enforcement of the regulations by strengthening the minimum legal requirements for dog breeding and selling. We strongly believe more needs to be done to ensure that this legislation works for the benefit of all dogs.”
Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies AM said: “It was good meeting up with representatives from Dogs Trust to hear about the wonderful work they are doing to promote animal welfare.
As a nation of animal lovers we are all grateful to the Trust and support them in their efforts to progress on these issues and to ensure a better future for all dogs.”