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Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, visited the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday to discuss their Dog Manifesto for Wales and priority animal welfare issues with Assembly Members, including Nathan Gill.

The animal welfare charity, which has 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland, including one in Bridgend, cares for nearly 17,000 dogs each year and never puts a healthy dog down. In the last year Dogs Trust has rehomed more than 400 dogs in Wales alone.

Hosted by Andrew RT Davies, AM for South Wales Central and Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Dogs Trust drew attention to its continuing concerns about the breeding and selling of dogs, as well as the use of aversive training devices such as spray, sonic and prong collars.

Dogs Trust’s Head of Public Affairs, Claire Calder, explains: “We were delighted to visit the Welsh Assembly yesterday and discuss our 2016 Dog Manifesto for Wales with Nathan. It was a good opportunity to voice our worries about dog breeding practices and our preference for the Welsh Government to continue to take the lead on dog welfare by extending their ban on electronic shock collars to other aversive training devices.

“We are urging Assembly Members to support us in our calls for better enforcement of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations which came into force in 2015 as we strongly believe more needs to be done to ensure that this legislation works for the benefit of all dogs.”

Nathan Gill AM said: “I was pleased to attend Dogs Trust’s reception, which set out their concerns for the welfare of dogs across Wales. I want to see progress on these issues to ensure a better future for all dogs, so will be supporting them in their work on dog breeding and sale.”

The Dogs Trust Public Affairs team also spoke about their efforts to improve the online advertising of pets for sale through its work chairing the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) and the need for regulation to help tackle its use by unscrupulous individuals.

To read Dogs Trust’s Welsh Manifesto visit: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/dogs-trust-public-affairs-news