DOGS TRUST DELIGHTED AT TOTAL TAIL DOCKING BAN IN SCOTLAND
Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, is delighted that the
Scottish Parliament has passed the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland)
Bill with a total ban on tail docking, for both working dogs and cosmetic
purposes. Under the new legislation it will also be an offence to take a
dog from Scotland to be tail-docked in another country.
The charity believes that
tail-docking, the practice of removing a dog's tail within the first few
days of life without anaesthetic, leaving a stump, is cruel and
unnecessary, and should be banned for all dogs other than for therapeutic
Dogs Trust cares for over
13,500 stray or abandoned dogs every year through its network of 16
Rehoming Centres across the UK. The charity is shortly to open it's 17th
Rehoming Centre, Dogs Trust Glasgow, later this year, a welcome addition
to its very busy centre at West Calder. Together, the two centres will
offer a second chance to hundreds more stray and abandoned dogs in
Scotland every year.
A copy of the full bill
25 May 06
DESPERATE FOR NEW OWNERS FOR OADS (OLD AGED DOGS)
Dogs Trust West
Calder are hoping that kind-hearted members of the public will come
forward to offer homes to the many golden oldie dogs who are currently
looking for somewhere to spend their retirement. It is so sad to see so
many older dogs at the Rehoming Centre as these dogs will have spent the
majority of their lives in homes and to now find themselves abandoned at
an age when they are looking for security is heartbreaking.
For folk in Caithness there are usually a number of dogs of all ages
looking for a home at the
Animal Centre - Caithness
9 May 06
Liono the One Eyed Cat Who Turned Up
Liono from Thurso was reported to us as missing but before we
could add him to the lists he turned up home again. If you have a
garage or out building keep a watch for cats wandering in before you lock
the doors. If you are building a new house and are locking up check
round as we have had reports of cats locked up for several days in new
buildings. Cats are naturally curious and always investigating so
may easily get locked in somewhere. Just check round if the door has
been open for a while.
Pip Fine And Well After 70 Foot Cliff Fall
Pip a Jack Russell was rescued from
the foot of the cliffs after falling over 70 feet into the sea.
Local coastguards managed to rescue the dog who was apparently OK after
being stranded in the sea for over 40 minutes.
Success - Lost cat At Durran reunited with owner thanks to Caithness.org
Lost Cat At Durran
A stray black and white cat turned up at my house a couple of nights ago.
He is fully house trained and I would say not a year old yet. He's very
friendly and cute!. I think possibly he's been dumped, but maybe someone
has lost him...more
Massive Fines and Prison For Animal Cruelty
Fines are to be raised from £5000 to £20,000 for cruelty involving
animals. Prison sentences will double from 6 month to 12 months.
Tail docking of dogs will become an offence
Tough new powers relating
to all aspects of illegal dog fights in Scotland were announced today.
The proposals will make it
an offence to make, show or distribute film of animal fighting in the UK.
Offenders will also face increased fines and prison sentences under the
Environment and Rural
Development Minister Ross Finnie revealed the changes to the
Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill today and said they will
put an end to criminals profiting from films to make money out of
promoting illegal fights and gambling. He said:
"We are committed to
reducing the needless suffering of all animals in Scotland and to
protecting animals from one of the most shocking acts of cruelty.
"The act of dog fighting
is already illegal, and these tough new powers will give us the tools we
need to punish those responsible for this vicious crime by increasing the
maximum penalty for the worst cases of animal abuse to twenty thousand
pounds and or twelve months imprisonment."
Kay Driver, Chief
Executive of the Scottish SPCA commented:
"Organised dog fighting is
one of the most abhorrent acts of premeditated animal cruelty. The
offenders operate within an underground network and we know the fights are
often filmed to be 'enjoyed' later and to also highlight the aggression of
"The proposals announced
today will assist greatly in cracking down on this most barbaric crime and
will create another route to bring the perpetrators to justice."
The Executive's response
to the Environment and Rural Development Committee's Stage 1 report on the
Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill was published this morning.
Stage 1 debate on the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill will be
held on Thursday 23rd February.
further amendment to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill
announced today includes:
A total ban on the tail
docking of dogs. Having listened to the scientific and veterinary
evidence given to Committee during Stage 1, the Executive has been
persuaded that there is no case to allow an exemption for the tail
docking of working dogs.
An increase in the
maximum penalty for the worst cases of animal abuse. The Executive will
bring forward an amendment to increase the penalties for animal cruelty
from a fine of £5,000 and/ or 6 months imprisonment to a fine of £20,000
or 12 months imprisonment or both.
Kevin - Missing Harrow Hill, Wick Since 12 February
is a large brown/grey male stripey tabby who has been missing since Sunday
12 February. He lives in Harrow hill but is known to wander towards Albert
street and Kennedy Terrace. He is well known in this area but appears to
have disappeared without a trace. He is very partial to cars and may have
wandered into one and been transported elsewhere. His distinguishing
features are his white whiskers, quite a small head for such a large body,
almost non existent meow and sooty paw pads. Contact us at 01955 605865 if
you have seen him or know anything about his disappearance
Bonnie - Missing From Halkirk
cat went missing from Bridge Street, Halkirk on 15th January. She is
one and half years old. She is mostly white with ginger and black markings
on her head and back with a black and grey striped tail. She is very
friendly and goes to most people. She came from Balmore and was chipped
but she did not have a collar on. If you have any information about
Bonnie email the owner at
15 Feb 06
Update on Runrig Runrig Back Home
15 Feb 06
Runrig has turned up after all these week at his old house. He
is thin and hungry but otherwise OK
January 06 -
Cat Missing Brownhill, Road, Thurso
name is Runrig he is about 12 years old. He went missing from Brownhill
Road, Thurso after being moved from Pennyland Dr. So far he has not been
back to either house. If anyone has seen him can they please give me
a ring on 07715 106062. A reward will be offered if he is found.
2 January 06
From Gill Lowe
Cat Missing From Tansfield Castletown
Fudge Photos Gets On TV
Fudge died in November. Sarah entered his photo in "Pet Wars" competition
on the CBBC programme Exchange and was delighted when he was chosen to
take part! He was on TV every day during the second week in December much
to Sarah's excitement! He did not gain enough votes to win, but we were
very pleased anyway! Thank you to anyone in Caithness who voted! He had a
short but happy life, and is still a star!! - From Sarah Paterson
Happy Christmas From
Max At Caithness.org
Christmas From Max and all of us at
Caithness.org. Max is in Caithness
with Harley from Cumbernauld and no doubt
you will be seeing more of the mischievous
rascal over the holidays.
As the numbers of missing pet items are growing we have created a new page
to keep all the missing pet items in one place. If you have an
animal go missing and want to notify as many people as possible then send
in details and a photo if you have one. Taking a photo of your pets
now and keeping it in a safe place is good idea and help later if you need
to notify it missing.
The Rags Problem -
The Dog Who Won't Go for A Walk
couple of days ago we showed this photo and asked for any tips.
Suggestions have begun to come in.
For those larger pets
Unusual Pets Gallery
Another New Gallery In Pets Corner
new gallery for unusual pets is kicked off with this photo of three toed
crab landed recently at Wick. the third toe can be seen clearly on
the left mandible and is fully functional - ouch. Do you have an
unusual or exotic pet to show in the new gallery?
Caithness Pet Stories
A new section to contain true stories about
pets in Caithness
If anyone would like to send in a photo of their pet we will put it in the
Pets Gallery. This can be anything from your cat, dog, bird
snake or spider. Perhaps you have pony or pet chicken, hamster or
guinea pig. Take a digital photo and email it to
email@example.com to have it
added to the gallery.
Missing Pets Gallery
Unfortunately some pets go missing and we are increasingly being sent
photos of missing pets. To make it easier for anyone to find the
photos and information we will in future keep
them all in one place and have created a
Missing Pets Gallery to make it
easier to view the photos all in one place in case you find a missing cat,
dog or other animal that we have been notified about.
Animal Centre - Caithness
Remember that Balmore Animal Centre looks after many stray animals
each year and if you are looking to get a cat or a dog they may be able to
show you animals looking for new homes. Sometimes older people can
no longer look after a well loved dog or cat or the animal may have gotten
lost and no one can trace the owner. You may be asked to pay fees
for injections or neutering and as the centre is charity you might
consider making a donation.