Search

Staffordshire terriers in Gravesend among scores abandoned

14:13 28 April 2011

Richard King and Chelsea the Staffie dog

Richard King and Chelsea the Staffie dog

Archant

Breeds of dog notorious for fighting are being abandoned by owners for not being aggressive enough, according to an animal rescue centre.

Brand’s Hatch Battersea Dogs and Cats Home houses around 50 dogs at any one time and at least half are Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or other bull terrier breeds, with hundreds given to the centre each year.

In Gravesend about half of all dogs picked up by council dog wardens are Staffordshire Bull Terriers which are then taken to the centre in West Kingsdown.

Centre manager Richard King said: “They are seen as a status symbol and there are those out there who want to use them as a weapon.

“In the past the Staffordshire was called the nanny dog because it was so good with families and children and a lot of these animals actually become intimidated when put in an aggressive environment, which is not what the owner wants, so they dump it.

“They often still get another of the same breed so the problem is self perpetuating.”

The home trains dogs in its care and is often able to re-home them within a month, though Mr King said again the reputation worked against these breeds.

He said: “People looking for a family dog often are put off by the reputation.

“We are very careful to place the right dog with the right people and I think a lot of people would be surprised with how friendly and sociable dogs like Staffies actually are.”

0 comments

Latest News

15:32
Isaac Johnson reading a letter from the King to congratulate him on his 100th birthday

Isaac Johnson discovered new ways to manufacture the building material

14:33
Environment Agency

The close season runs until June 15

12:14
First prize winners Wrotham Road Primary School

The competition was based on the theme ‘Queen and Commonwealth’

Southeastern

There will be no Southeastern trains running into or out of Charing Cross, Waterloo East or Cannon Street

Yesterday, 10:43
It is now illegal to supply 'new psychoactive substances'

So called ‘legal highs’ are now illegal to supply

Most read

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Gravesend Reporter e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder