Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border and the only veterinary surgeon in the House of Commons, was delighted to visit Battersea Dogs & Cats Home at its London site.
Neil’s visit to the site began with meeting Harvey, an American Bully XL who has undergone the cruel practice of ear cropping. While ear cropping is illegal in the UK, it is still legal to import dogs with this mutilation, an issue Neil has raised many times in Parliament.
Neil then visited Battersea’s Clinic where he spoke to the experienced veterinary team, toured the operating theatre, and saw Battersea’s new Hydrotherapy Centre in action. In Battersea’s Cattery, he also met Daisy, a senior cat looking for a new home.
Neil remains committed to working closely with companion animal organisations such as Battersea to help promote the welfare of dogs and cats.
After his visit, Dr Neil Hudson MP said:
‘It was great to see Battersea’s work in action and to see the care they provide to dogs and cats. They do amazing work in rescuing and rehabilitating cats and dogs and sadly their services have become more in need as a result of the pandemic. As the Kept Animals Bill makes its way through Parliament, cracking down on issues like puppy smuggling, ear cropping, and pet theft, I look forward to continuing to work with Battersea to promote the health and welfare of dogs and cats.’
Helen McNally, Public Affairs at Battersea Home added:
“We were really pleased to welcome Neil to Battersea and introduce him to some of our animals and see around our facilities. As a vet, MP and member of the EFRA Select Committee Neil really understands the animal health and welfare issues facing our rescue animal sector. We are very happy to be working with him on these important issues.”