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MP concerned over Staffie crisis

Tuesday, 13th December 2011

An MP has learned more about the crisis surrounding Staffordshire Bull Terriers, with over 4,100 animals being fed dog food at the charity's centres this year.

Mary Creagh said she was concerned over the growing number of these dogs being left at the charity’s rescue centres.

Steve Goody, head of external affairs at The Blue Cross, said: “The huge numbers of bull breeds coming into our adoption centres and hospitals indicate the scale of the welfare problem facing these dogs.

“Too many are being bred and taken on for the wrong reason.”

He added that many of these dogs are left homeless or abandoned and have nowhere to go.

Ms Creagh, the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, had a behind the scenes tour of the Victoria animal hospital.

So far this year, The Blue Cross has had to turn away over 700 dogs because of a lack of space.