MEP highlights a dog is not just for Xmas

Struan Stevenson MEP meets Pip during his visit to the Dogs Trust in Uddingston
Struan Stevenson MEP meets Pip during his visit to the Dogs Trust in Uddingston

Scotland MEP Struan Stevenson made some new furry friends on a visit to the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Uddingston.

Mr Stevenson took the opportunity to discuss key dog welfare issues, including the very topical issue of Christmas abandonment with Dogs Trust public affairs manager Laura Vallance and Dogs Trust Glasgow Rehoming Centre manager, Sandra Lawton.

Staff explained the benefits of microchipping, a simple and effective tool that Dogs Trust believes should be made compulsory in Scotland to help trace abandoned pets back to irresponsible owners.

Struan said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for me to witness first-hand the work the staff at the centre do and meet some of the dogs being cared for.

“It is important that we highlight dog welfare issues in Scotland, where the problem of stray and abandoned dogs is all too prominent, particularly during the festive season.

“I also had the opportunity to discuss the benefits of introducing compulsory microchipping in Scotland and believe it to be a valuable tool in reducing the numbers of dogs being picked up by local authorities, providing for speedier reunification between a lost or straying dog and its owner.”

Sandra added: “Abandonment is one of the main reasons dogs come in to our centre, particularly at this time of year.

“That’s why Struan’s visit to our centre will help to highlight this important issue and be a positive step towards tackling the problem.”