Call for Justice boss and Chief Constable to save dog shelter

Councillor Jim Blackwood
Councillor Jim Blackwood

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has been challenged to step in and help keep a home for stray dogs open.

The future of the Bandeath shelter in Throsk was put in doubt after Clackmannan Council and Police Scotland announced plans to withdraw funding.

Clackmannan is expected to reverse its decision when it meets today (Thursday) and now Falkirk Council has agreed to write to the Falkirk West MSP and Chief Constable Phillip Gormley urging them to have a re-think too.

Yesterday (Wednesday) the council also confirmed it will not take over the responsibility from the cops to make sure any lost or abandoned dogs are taken into care.

Councillor Jim Blackwood said: “Falkirk Council has never withdrawn the funding for the housing of stray dogs and our desire is that we to continue to fund a quality provision like Bandeath.

“This whole episode kicked off with Police Scotland and Clackmannan Council giving notice to withdraw their funding. Clackmannan intends to rescind its decision, but unfortunately, Police Scotland is continuing with its stance it will no longer fund this service, so we are writing to the Justice Minister and Chief Constable asking them to intervene.”