Charity tries to rid staffies of reputation

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Animal charity Scottish SPCA is encouraging Deesiders to give staffies a chance in a bid to look at the breed’s unfair reputation.

The SSPCA rehoming centre in Drumoak is encouraging locals to go along and meet its many canine residents of which a number are Staffordshire bull terriers.

This comes as part of the SSPCA’s annual Staffie Awareness Week, which runs until October 19.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity hopes to challenge the negative labels that are commonly associated with the breed.

Research conducted by the charity in 2012 revealed a staggering 75% of Scots who would rehome a dog were unlikely to give a Staffordshire bull terrier or staffie crossbreed a home, with many believing the breed is dangerous and can’t be trusted.

Centre manager at Drumoak Graeme Innes said: “It’s heartbreaking that staffies have been labelled as dangerous and aggressive because, in reality, they tend to be friendly, affectionate and loyal.”

Those interested in giving a staffie a good home can visit the Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming centre in Drumoak seven days a week between 10am to 4pm.