It was nearly a year ago that I was listening to the BBC Radio 4 consumer programme You and Yours and its Christmas Eve special dedicated solely to the subject of dogs and rehoming.
Dogs Today editor Beverley Cuddy was a guest and her enthusiastic talk for a US scheme that transformed rehoming centres into “universities” for rescued pets struck a chord.
An online poll conducted by the National Animal Welfare Trust has revealed that the majority of respondents (84%) don't think the changes to the Dangerous Dogs Act are an effective piece of legislation, a year after they were introduced.
Instead of basking in a swirl of worldwide accolade, The Kennel Club is enduring a bruising three-legged PR tornado.
I read an article this week about families trying to offer a loving home to a dog, who have been turned down by rescue centres because of their working hours or the age of their children. The article reported the complaints of would-be owners who are disappointed by the fact they can’t do this, especially when they read of so many animals needing a home. What the article failed to cover, in my opinion, is how rescue organisations reach those decisions. Nor the day-to-day risks and reality faced by rescue organisations caught between a rock and a hard place.
Police and local authorities were granted new powers to tackle irresponsible dog ownership on October 20. The aim is to use early intervention measures such as Acceptable Behaviour Contracts and Community Protection Notices to prevent future dog attacks.