Animal rescue

MP for Penrith enjoys a visit to the animal rescue center

Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border and only veterinarian in the House of Commons, was delighted to visit Battersea Dogs & Cats Home at his London location.

Neil’s visit to the site began with meeting Harvey, an American Bully XL who suffered the cruel practice of ear cropping. Although ear cropping is illegal in the UK, it is still legal to import dogs with this mutilation, an issue which Neil has repeatedly raised in Parliament.

Neil then visited Battersea Clinic where he spoke to the experienced veterinary team, toured the operating theater and saw the new Battersea Hydrotherapy Center in action.

At Battersea’s Cattery he also met Daisy, an elderly cat looking for a new home.

Neil said he remains committed to working closely with pet organizations such as Battersea to help promote the welfare of dogs and cats.

After his visit, he said of the clinic, “They do amazing work rescuing and rehabilitating cats and dogs and unfortunately their services have become more needed as a result of the pandemic.

“As the Kept Animals Bill makes its way through Parliament, cracking down on issues such as puppy smuggling, ear cropping and pet theft, I look forward to continuing to work with Battersea to promote the health and well-being of dogs and cats.”