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Call to rehouse Wirral's stray dog kennels - no longer fit for purpose

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A New home for the borough's stray and abandoned dogs is becoming essential as Birkenhead Kennels is "no longer fit for purpose."

That's the view of council Conservatives who will be lobbying the local authority to find alternative premises.

Ten years ago the council wanted to close the kennels on Corporation Road and transfer it to a centre in Halewood.

As a result it became clear many dogs would have to be euthanised after just one week.

A public outcry followed.

More than 7,000 people signed a protest petition which led to the proposal being dropped.

Instead a Friends group was established to help run the facility.

Today the kennels are busier than ever- but the building itself 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 its natural life and is no longer fit forpurpose - 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 at a meeting on October 14 Conservatives will ask council chief executive 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 council to back the campaign."

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




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