Calls for Council to work with Friends and provide better site for kennels

The lives of stray, abandoned and abused dogs in Wirral could be improved, if calls by the Borough's Conservative Councillors are given the go-ahead this month.

Ten years ago, the then Council Cabinet wanted to close the kennels on Corporation Road and transfer activity to a centre in Halewood.  As a result, the Council admitted that many dogs would have to be euthanised after just one week.
  
A public outcry, coupled with a change in council leadership in 2010, led to the proposal being dropped. 
 
Instead, a Friends group, suggested by former Liberal Democrat Councillor, Gill Gardiner and Councillor Ian Lewis was established to help run the kennels.
 
Now, 10 years later, the kennels are doing more than ever before to rehome dogs to loving homes.  The building, however, is no longer fit for purpose.
 
Councillor Lesley Rennie said: "Thanks to the Friends of Birkenhead Kennels, thousands of dogs have been rehomed, instead of being euthanised and the charity is doing fantastic work.
 
"The building, however, is at the end of it's natural life and is no longer fit for purpose - there is no run around area for the dogs, for example. 
 
"That's why we are calling on the Town Hall to find more suitable alternative premises, that are better for the dogs and at no extra costs to the Friends or the charity.
 
If enough councillors back the plan on 14 October, Conservatives will ask the Chief Executive of Wirral Council, Paul Satoor, to work with the Friends to find alternative accommodation.
 
Councillor Rennie added: "It doesn't matter whether you have a dog or not - animal cruelty and neglect is unacceptable and we need the Town Hall to back the campaign."

The Friends of Birkenhead Kennels will be guest speakers at a coffee afternoon hosted by the Wallasey Village Library Friends on Friday, 11th October, at 2pm, to talk about their work across Wirral. 

If you would like to know more about adopting a dog from the kennels, click here