Home hits back at criticism

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A CATS and dogs home has hit back at accusations it is operating as a puppy farm and selling sick animals to customers.

Leigh Cats and Dogs Home has said it is “very disappointed” at the accusations and what it labelled “spurious comments”, many of which have been made on social media in the last month.

A Facebook group called ‘Raise awarness (sic) for Leigh Cats and Dogs Home’ has been set up and has attracted more than 1,000 members who have joined, some of whom have organised a public meeting to discuss their concerns including that puppies are being sold with no papers or information.

A spokesman for Leigh Cats and Dogs Home said: “Last year Leigh Dogs and Cats Home rehomed 1,637 dogs and 487 cats, all of which were unwanted by their owners.

“We feel that in so doing we are providing a valuable contribution to animal welfare and a service to the community as a whole.

“We are very disappointed that individuals choose to make allegations and spurious comments on social media which we do not feel is an appropriate medium for such discussions.

“We have not been contacted in a more suitable fashion by any individual and accordingly it makes it extremely difficult to respond and investigate any allegation that lacks factual detail.”

Wigan Council has been working with the RSPCA to investigate a complaint made by one customer whose bichon frise puppy Oscar fell ill soon after he was bought from the home.

Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, said: “We are working proactively with the RSPCA, Leigh Cats and Dogs Home and council enforcement teams to find a solution to the issues that have been raised. The welfare of animals is a top priority for us all.”

The meeting is being held at Leigh Labour Club on Abbey Street, Leigh, on November 22 at 7pm.