STAFFIE owners who are on benefits are being offered a free neutering and microchipping service by the local RSCA.
Anyone currently getting housing benefit or council tax help can contact the charity which will send them a voucher which can be used to get the procedures.
The scheme has been backed by local MP Stephen Lloyd, and Linda Mauldon, spokesman for the RSPCA, said, “We are delighted that Stephen Lloyd, is keen to support our campaign for Staffie neutering.
“He was made aware of the problems we are facing with this breed and the need to neuter when we met at the recent Eastbourne Dog Show in Hampden Park, and was very keen to help.”
Stephen Lloyd added, “We’ve all come across some dogs in various parts of Eastbourne, that through no fault of their own can be overly aggressive.
“The RSPCA’s neutering programme is a practical and humane way of dealing with the problem. As a dog owner myself in the past I do understand the scale of the challenge, therefore, I am tremendously grateful the RSPCA is taking such a proactive step in this area.
“I urge every Staffie or Staffie cross owning reader of the paper, who is in receipt of the required benefit, to contact the RSPCA for dog neutering.”
Eastbourne RSPCA chairman and local vet Jim Dash said, “Staffie and Staffie cross dogs make up a large proportion of the dogs in rescue kennels waiting to be re-homed and, unfortunately, many are not re-homable.
“Anything the RSPCA can do to reduce this number will be beneficial.”
To get a voucher simply apply in writing, supplying a photocopy of proof of benefit and post to the following address: RSPCA Staffie Neutering, c/o 6 St Anne’s Road, Eastbourne, BN21 2DJ.