Kerry McCarthy and her Dogs Trust Rescue Dog

Owner’s Name: Kerry McCarthy    

 

Constituency: Bristol East

        

Why have you chosen to enter with a Dogs Trust rescue dog? 

It’s good to highlight the fact that there are so many rescue dogs looking for a home, and that they can make wonderful pets. I hope this will make people consider adopting a rescue dog rather than buying a dog from elsewhere.

 

What are your favourite characteristics in a dog?

My mother’s Schnauzer, Teddy, is adorable. He’s very good-natured, always very pleased to see me, and loves going for walks. Although he’s now 10 he’s still very puppy-like at times. I like shaggy dogs, with big paws!

 

What dog welfare issues do you think need tackling?

I’m pleased that we have just passed the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill which increases custodial sentences for those convicted of animal cruelty. I hope this will help deter those involved in dog-fighting, amongst other crimes. We have also introduced a ban on third-party puppy sales, and need to do more to crack down on puppy trafficking. I also think we need to educate children about animal welfare, so that they know how to behave around dogs and look after their own pets.

 

How do you think people can ensure they’re responsible dog owners?

I think pet obesity is something that needs tackling. Approximately 46% of dogs are overweight. Pet owners need to ensure that their pets are fed a healthy diet, whilst also having the opportunity to exercise. Owners should also microchip their dogs and make sure they have up-to-date vaccinations.

When the EFRA Select Committee looked at the issue of dangerous dogs, we also looked at the behavior of owners, and how some may encourage aggressive behavior in their dogs – owners need to ensure that they don’t inadvertently train their dogs to behave in such a way that they end up being a danger to other dogs and to people.

 

Why should you and your Dogs Trust rescue dog win Westminster Dog of the Year 2019?

Well, I haven’t met him/ her yet, but I am sure he/ she will be lovely!

 

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