Need for regular dog safety service

Samuel Reid Education officer Dogs Trust, Suzie Frew Campaigns Assistant and Sinn F�in Councillor Colly Kelly at the mobile unit which had been at various locations across the city in the past week at the Gasyard and throughout Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank areas.
Samuel Reid Education officer Dogs Trust, Suzie Frew Campaigns Assistant and Sinn F�in Councillor Colly Kelly at the mobile unit which had been at various locations across the city in the past week at the Gasyard and throughout Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank areas.

There is a need for a regular dog neutering service in the local community according to Sinn Fein councillor, Colly Kelly.

Colr. Kelly spent a morning with the Dogs Trust when they visited Derry recently and said he was surprised at the number of people looking to avail of the service.

“I wanted to go along to see the work that the Dogs Trust do in carrying out the microchip service and other work such as offering free neutering services for pets. I was surprised at the large amount of pet owners waiting on the service to open. It proves there is a need for such facilities to be brought into local communities.

“Neutering is a very important method of reducing the numbers of unwanted puppy litters within the city which end up in the Dog Shelter. Sadly in the run up to Christmas we always see an increase the amount of unwanted pets. It also makes it a lot easier for council staff to identify stray dogs to be quickly and returned to owners.”

Ronnie Milsop Community Manager for Dogs Trust Northern Ireland urged as many people as possible to avail of Dogs Trust’s free micro-chipping service.

“Dogs Trust representatives promote the benefits of microchipping to dog owners via the Dog Mobile, as well as giving local dog lovers the chance to meet dogs in need of homes from their local Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Ballymena. Microchipping is a simple and effective procedure which we believe is the most successful tool in helping to reunite lost dogs with their owners. Dogs Trust offers free microchipping and is urging dog owners to take advantage of this offer as part of being a responsible dog owner.

“We hope to be back in Derry again in the not too distant future.”