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Lothian’s SSPCA staff and volunteers commended in Scottish Animal Week.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, is paying tribute to local SSPCA staff and volunteers in SSPCA’s tenth Scottish Animal Week which starts today, Monday 4th September. SSPCA volunteers will be out raising funds throughout the country in the next few days as part of a week of activities. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion commending local staff and volunteers.

Speaking today Miles Briggs MSP said:

“ SSPCA’s Scottish Animal Week is a great opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts of local SSPCA staff and volunteers who work day in day out to support the welfare of animals.

“ In Edinburgh city alone in the first six months of this year, the SSPCA attended 3, 384 incidents, rehomed 120 animals, cared for another 545 in the city’s animal recuse and rehoming centre and ensured over 8,500 school pupils took part in their education programme.

“ The SSPCA receives no government or lottery funding and relies entirely on the generosity of public donations and I hope its fund raising efforts in what is the tenth Scottish Animal Week will be a great success.”

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* Please see below the motion as tabled by Miles today which already has attracted broad cross party support.

Motion Number: S5M-07466
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 04/09/2017

Title: SSPCA’s 10th Scottish Animal Week.

Motion Text:

That the Parliament is aware that 4 to 10 September 2017 marks the SSPCA’s 10th annual Scottish Animal Week; notes that SSPCA volunteers across the country will be raising funds for the organisation while its animal rescue and rehoming centres will be hosting open days to welcome members of the community; considers that the work of the SSPCA is important and valuable, including its Prevention through Education programme, which it delivers to 320,000 children across Scotland; is aware that last year its animal helpline received almost a quarter of a million calls, its inspectorate attended more than 85,000 incidents, and more than 20,000 animals were cared for across its nine animal rescue and rehoming centres and the national wildlife rescue centre; commends all SSPCA staff and volunteers in Lothian and across Scotland for the contribution that they make, and hopes that this year’s Scottish Animal Week is a great success and raises significant extra funds to allow the SSPCA to continue to work to improve animal welfare across the country.

Miles Briggs