Rescue dogs

Charity’s plan to use fields near Worcester to walk rescue dogs

A PLAN to open a field for the rescue dogs to walk was put forward.

Proposals by Ann Pursey of Amicii Dog Rescue would see a field at Kerswell Green near Worcester used to walk a number of dogs rescued from Romania.

There are currently no plans to build kennels or keep animals overnight on the grounds.

Kempsey-based Amicii Dog Rescue was set up to support a dog shelter in Transylvania, Romania.

The shelter accommodates up to 200 dogs at a time.

A letter sent to Malvern Hills District Council from Dr Pursey said: “‘I do not intend to lease the land as a commercial venture. It is only used for my personal enjoyment and development and for my own dogs, as well as to help support the charity’s work with dogs who for various reasons are homeless and live in a kennel environment and need to have their quality of life improved.

“I would like to emphasize that I have no intention of building kennels on the land or leaving dogs there overnight.

“The charity board a number of rescue dogs from a local kennel at Wits End in Norton. We currently have 17 dogs there.

“We take some, not all, of the dogs out into the field each day in small groups to ensure they have daily exercise and enrichment in accordance with DEFRA guidelines on the quality and standards of dogs cared for in kennels. .

“Our volunteers take the dogs out in small groups, on average three to four dogs at a time, so they can run, play and get some fresh air.

“We also meet with adopters or potential adopters in the field to introduce a dog they want to give a home to.”

The land has been used for horse grazing for the past quarter of a century and has been divided into a number of pony paddocks with a number of animal shelters.

New woodland, wildflower meadow and new hedges would be planted and a winter shelter for two rescue ponies due to arrive from Malvern this year would also be built.