Therese has joined the Dogs Trust, to call for action on tackling irresponsible dog ownership at the charity's annual House of Commons reception.
Therese said: "Tackling anti-social dog behaviour in Suffolk Coastal has become a key issue for constituents where incidences of anti-social behaviour involving dogs have been increasing in many areas.
"I am delighted that Dogs Trust is proactively looking to tackle the issue by getting down to grass roots. While legislation has its part to play, outreach work in local communities is vital in order to engage dog owners and to help prevent dog attacks from occurring."
Dogs Trust works with local authorities to tackle the root causes of irresponsible dog ownership. They know from working in affected communities that it is a complex social issue; one that requires a multi-agency approach to target harder to reach groups.
Summary of Dogs Trust work in local communities:
For years Dogs Trust has been working with vets to provide subsidised or free neutering for dog owners living on means-tested benefits in disadvantaged areas. The charity currently works with over 1,000 vets across the country.
Dogs Trust offers free microchips to every local authority and housing association in the UK.
The charity trains local authority staff to microchip and can even provide them with free scanners.
Responsible Dog Ownership Events - These highly popular events are organised in partnership with councils and local Housing Associations.
They provide a range of advice and leaflets about all aspects of dog ownership plus neutering vouchers and on-site access to free microchipping and low-cost preventative vet care.
"Estate Days" - Working with local authorities, Dogs Trust identifies areas where irresponsible dog ownership is most acute. By visiting these areas and offering leaflets, dog ownership advice, free microchipping and £10 HealthCheck Vouchers, the charity has reduced the numbers of dogs being abandoned on the streets.
For those areas where dog abandonment is highest, Dogs Trust offers local authorities free neutering vouchers which can be given to those dog owners who need them most.Since 2003, Dogs Trust has been providing free workshops to primary schools across most of the UK. The charity now has 13 full-time education officers who conduct around 3,000 classroom presentations a year. Education officers are briefed to target schools in communities with particularly bad social problems.
Written Answers — Health: NHS England (14 May 2013)
Therese Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct the Board of NHS England to publish all minutes of its meetings that do not pertain to commercial confidentiality.
Written Answers — Health: Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (14 May 2013)
Therese Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the needs of patients of all ages and from across the UK are provided for in the composition of the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation.
Written Answers — Health: Clinical Commissioning Groups (14 May 2013)
Therese Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish all calculations undertaken in the process of allocating resources to clinical commissioning groups for 2013-14; and what (a) formulae and (b) criteria were used in each such calculation.
Business of the House (25 Apr 2013)
Therese Coffey: Is it possible to extend the duration of Transport Question Times to an hour, because the sessions are heavily oversubscribed? During today’s Transport questions, I was unable to raise BBC Suffolk’s “Don’t Be a Tosser” campaign on reducing road litter, and support for such an issue deserves to be raised on the Floor of the House.
Written Answers — Health: Clinical Commissioning Groups (23 Apr 2013)
Therese Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 2013-14 funding allocations to clinical commissioning groups are on a per capita basis by (a) parliamentary constituency, (b) administrative county and (c) region.
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