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MLAs visit ‘Pawsome’ Pooches and discuss dog breeding in Northern Ireland

John Blair MLA and Patrick Brown MLA are pictured with four collie puppies David Honeyford MLA is pictured with Blossom and Buddy.

Staff from Dogs Trust Ballymena recently welcomed ‘pawlitical’ guests to the Rehoming Centre with visits from three Members of the Legislative Assembly.

MLA’s John Blair (South Antrim), Patrick Brown (South Down) and David Honeyford (Lagan) enjoyed a tour of the kennels where they met current residents including collie puppies and Shih Tzu’s Blossom and Buddy, who will soon be leaving the centre together for their forever home.

During the tour, the MLAs saw the building work, which is currently underway at the centre, which once complete, will allow Dogs Trust to look after and rehome more dogs. They also discussed the issues which impact dogs in the country, including the cost-of-living crisis which has resulted in a large increase in the number of rehoming enquiries the charity is receiving, and the large-scale breeding establishments which operate in Northern Ireland.

Patrick Brown, the Alliance Party’s animal welfare representative, said:

"I was delighted to visit Dogs Trust and see first-hand the brilliant work they are doing to support dogs and their owners. With rising costs and more people and animals needing help, the charity’s work to improve dog welfare is incredibly important.

“A key priority of the Alliance Party is introducing legislation to tackle issues with puppy farming, dog breeding and wider animal welfare problems and I'm looking forward to working with Dogs Trust in support of this work.”

Conor O’Kane, Ballymena Rehoming Centre Manager said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome John, Patrick and David to our centre and to discuss wider dog welfare issues in Northern Ireland. The dogs enjoyed meeting them and we are most grateful to have their support.”

Anyone interested in rehoming or fostering a dog through Dogs Trust should visit the charity’s website for more information:


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