Dog home faces closure threat

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CAMPAIGNERS fear more dogs will have to be put down if an under-threat rescue centre is forced to close.

The Jerry Green Dog Rescue sanctuary has been operating at a loss for the past two years, leaving two of its centres earmarked for closure.

The charity is proposing to shut its centre in Brixworth along with a sanctuary in Suffolk, and that has left volunteers furious.

Lyn Engle, who’s leading the campaign to keep the Brixworth rescue centre open, said: “We heard about the planned closure on May 25 and have now formed a committee.

“We believe the cash deficit has been 3.7 per cent for the past two years but we have reserves of more than £11 million, so there is no need to close.

“The centre fulfils a very desperate need in Northamptonshire. I’ve been a volunteer here for eight years and we are inundated with calls. Last year we re-homed 176 dogs and we are deeply concerned at what could happen. We fear more dogs will be put down as there will be nowhere in the region for them to be cared for.”

Newly appointed Daventry District Council chairman Ann Carter has chosen the sanctuary as one of her charities for the year.

She said: “I’m very upset about this and will do everything I can to help. It’s a charity I want to support and is a vital service for the community.”

Jerry Green Dog Rescue chief executive David Foulds said the charity is currently in consultation with staff.

He added: “The decision to propose these closures hasn’t been taken lightly. It’s not something we want to do but if we don’t take action we could see bigger losses in future.

“We just can’t afford seven sites anymore.”