Friday, 13 April 2012
Animal Welfare in Brent
I was surprised to learn during my walkabout with the Animal Welfare officer in Welsh Harp the other day that many local authorities have no animal welfare officers at all. They have a contractor to pick up strays, and that is it. The reason is that the service is non-statutory, and in an effort to meet their other needs, some Boroughs like Barnet and Westminster have cut it altogether. This is a pity as it provides several useful services in protecting the welfare of animals, enforcing our new limits on the number of dogs you can walk in a park, and supporting the BARK programme.