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Rise In Unwanted Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

8:39am 21st June 2013

Dorset's Oldest Animal Rescue Centre is asking YOU to 'Save a Staffie' after a rise in unwanted dogs.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue says they're taking in more Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and they're worried it's because people stereotype them as dangerous.

They've launched a campaign to try and change people's perceptions and they're urging us to get involved.

Caron Lane, Margaret Green Animal Rescue's General Manager, told Wessex FM, "Sadly, the reputation of Staffies has been tarnished in recent years as they have been increasingly bred as status dogs. They became the dog of choice for people wanting a fearsome-looking dog because they are usually stocky and powerful. Before this though, they were traditionally known as "the nanny dog" because they are so good in a family environment and adore people. The vast majority of Staffies that come in to rescue are affectionate, playful and delightful dogs that would make a wonderful addition to any loving and responsible family".

She continued to say, "We hope that by raising awareness of the wonderful qualities that these dogs possess, we can help re-educate people to think again about adopting one as a pet. Any dog can be trained to be aggressive, it is time we help save Staffies in rescue when there are so many that are here through absolutely no fault of their own".

For more information visit the Margaret Green Animal Rescue Website HERE.

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