Minister visits dog charity

Wednesday, 17th August 2011

A Welsh minister has visited a rehoming centre to see how the pooches there are looked after and given pet medication if needed.

First minister Carwyn Jones visited Dogs Trust in Bridgend, South Wales, where he spoke to staff at the centre about issues such as microchipping and puppy farming - which the government is looking to tackle this autumn.

Mr Jones said: "I am determined to take action to tackle any bad practice in the dog breeding industry. We will be bringing forward new legislation to ensure that irresponsible breeding in so called 'puppy farms' is brought to an end."

He also spoke about the benefits of microchipping, as this means owners can be reunited with their pet if it gets lost easily.

Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive officer of the charity, said that she is pleased to be able to show how compulsory microchipping could help to trace dogs to owners and irresponsible breeders.

The Dogs Trust re-homes over 16,000 dogs every year.