Work begins on dog rehoming centre as famous faces look on

Echo: L/R Mark Francois the MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, Amy Childs, Mayor of Basildon Mo Larkin, Dogs Trust Chairman Philip Daubeny with Lionel, Dogs Trust CEO Clarissa Baldwin with basil and Councillor Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council. L/R Mark Francois the MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, Amy Childs, Mayor of Basildon Mo Larkin, Dogs Trust Chairman Philip Daubeny with Lionel, Dogs Trust CEO Clarissa Baldwin with basil and Councillor Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council.

THE first spade went into the ground to signal the start of works to build a £6.8million dog rehoming centre yesterday as a host of famous faces watched on.

Works began on building the Dogs Trust building on land by the Nevendon roundabout, off the A127.

Former Only Way is Essex star Amy Childs was among the guests celebrating the start of the centre’s construction.

The charity’s new centre will be complete in 2014.

Miss Childs, 22, said: “It’s amazing to be part of such a great charity and I can’t wait for the centre to open up here.

“We’re all animal lovers in Essex and it will be great for the county.

“I absolutely love dogs and I think I’ll probably be down here every week when it opens.”

The five-acre site, which is expected to open its doors next spring, will have 69 glass kennels, a veterinary suite, rehabilitation centre, exercise areas, and a training barn.

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4:10pm Fri 22 Feb 13

AndyBSG says...

I can't see mention of anyone i'd call famous in the article...
I can't see mention of anyone i'd call famous in the article... AndyBSG
  • Score: 15

4:29pm Fri 22 Feb 13

TheWizzard says...

She's not the mayor of Basildon neither as no one has publicly elected her, she is the tory mayor and nothing else
She's not the mayor of Basildon neither as no one has publicly elected her, she is the tory mayor and nothing else TheWizzard
  • Score: 3

4:33pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

Nice to see Ma Larkin and Tony Roundasa Ball have wiped the gravy from their chins and dusted the pie crumbs off their coats in time for the picture.

Trebles and new pocket linings all round.
Nice to see Ma Larkin and Tony Roundasa Ball have wiped the gravy from their chins and dusted the pie crumbs off their coats in time for the picture. Trebles and new pocket linings all round. Cosmo Spring
  • Score: 4

5:11pm Fri 22 Feb 13

black jack ketchum says...

The building work started at least three weeks ago! so hardly yesterday!
The building work started at least three weeks ago! so hardly yesterday! black jack ketchum
  • Score: 4

6:14pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Devils Advocate says...

It's a typo is all!

For famous read "Natorious" and it all makes sense. They care more about dogs and money than they ever did about the people of this area they are supposed to, but never will, represent.
It's a typo is all! For famous read "Natorious" and it all makes sense. They care more about dogs and money than they ever did about the people of this area they are supposed to, but never will, represent. Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Devils Advocate says...

There, I did it as well! "notorious" instead of "wot I wrote!"
There, I did it as well! "notorious" instead of "wot I wrote!" Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

6:34pm Fri 22 Feb 13

A Dermot says...

£6.8 million to house Amy Childs!
£6.8 million to house Amy Childs! A Dermot
  • Score: 8

6:36pm Fri 22 Feb 13

billericay boy says...

Is this a home for out of work celeb dogs, glass kennels, why, I bet this is a new pr stunt for that stupid Essex program of where all the Botox birds get famous for 5 mins then get thrown back in the kennels again, leave it to the RSPCA who know best.
Is this a home for out of work celeb dogs, glass kennels, why, I bet this is a new pr stunt for that stupid Essex program of where all the Botox birds get famous for 5 mins then get thrown back in the kennels again, leave it to the RSPCA who know best. billericay boy
  • Score: -1

7:06pm Fri 22 Feb 13

pussycats says...

What! No Rachel Riley this time? What a relief.
What! No Rachel Riley this time? What a relief. pussycats
  • Score: 2

7:26pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Soouthchurch59 says...

pussycats wrote:
What! No Rachel Riley this time? What a relief.
Meow!
[quote][p][bold]pussycats[/bold] wrote: What! No Rachel Riley this time? What a relief.[/p][/quote]Meow! Soouthchurch59
  • Score: 2

9:52pm Fri 22 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Are the hard hats in case some of the grass falls on them.
Which of them is famous by the way
Are the hard hats in case some of the grass falls on them. Which of them is famous by the way stopmoaning1
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Fri 22 Feb 13

mr_happy says...

People are hungry, people with no homes, cancer treatment cut and we spend 6.8 million on bl00dy dogs.
People are hungry, people with no homes, cancer treatment cut and we spend 6.8 million on bl00dy dogs. mr_happy
  • Score: -1

4:03am Sat 23 Feb 13

soul man says...

why not spend £ 6.8 m on local welfare if theres money to be thrown about, what about the elderly, homeless, or even the hospital, now theres 3 good reasons to spend money more wisely than on a dog thats been thrown on the street
why not spend £ 6.8 m on local welfare if theres money to be thrown about, what about the elderly, homeless, or even the hospital, now theres 3 good reasons to spend money more wisely than on a dog thats been thrown on the street soul man
  • Score: 1

4:03am Sat 23 Feb 13

soul man says...

why not spend £ 6.8 m on local welfare if theres money to be thrown about, what about the elderly, homeless, or even the hospital, now theres 3 good reasons to spend money more wisely than on a dog thats been thrown on the street
why not spend £ 6.8 m on local welfare if theres money to be thrown about, what about the elderly, homeless, or even the hospital, now theres 3 good reasons to spend money more wisely than on a dog thats been thrown on the street soul man
  • Score: -1

12:06pm Sat 23 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Famous Faces..???.....the echo writer was just being a cheeky i would say..

so Amy will be in Bas every week visiting will she.

6.8 mil for a few buildings and some glass kennels, sounds lot and will be full of abandoned staffs no doubt.
Famous Faces..???.....the echo writer was just being a cheeky i would say.. so Amy will be in Bas every week visiting will she. 6.8 mil for a few buildings and some glass kennels, sounds lot and will be full of abandoned staffs no doubt. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -1

5:59pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Nebs says...

soul man wrote:
why not spend £ 6.8 m on local welfare if theres money to be thrown about, what about the elderly, homeless, or even the hospital, now theres 3 good reasons to spend money more wisely than on a dog thats been thrown on the street
It's a charity for dogs. If you are worried about human poverty then try a different charity. Like Oxfam, who normally have about 60million in the bank while they 'protect the vulnerable anywhere in the world'
[quote][p][bold]soul man[/bold] wrote: why not spend £ 6.8 m on local welfare if theres money to be thrown about, what about the elderly, homeless, or even the hospital, now theres 3 good reasons to spend money more wisely than on a dog thats been thrown on the street[/p][/quote]It's a charity for dogs. If you are worried about human poverty then try a different charity. Like Oxfam, who normally have about 60million in the bank while they 'protect the vulnerable anywhere in the world' Nebs
  • Score: 6

8:45pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Devils Advocate says...

You'd feel vulnerable if you started to think about how much you took out of the "Charity" you take for yourself, especially one as huge as Oxfam. Still, this is the way the Tories run everything. "1 for you, 2 for me, 1 for you, 3 for me........."
You'd feel vulnerable if you started to think about how much you took out of the "Charity" you take for yourself, especially one as huge as Oxfam. Still, this is the way the Tories run everything. "1 for you, 2 for me, 1 for you, 3 for me........." Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Born & bread says...

I'm so glad I didn't contribute towards this charity. I hate the stinking horrible mutts.
I'm so glad I didn't contribute towards this charity. I hate the stinking horrible mutts. Born & bread
  • Score: -4

9:50pm Sun 24 Feb 13

ExBasildonBoy says...

Didn't someone say something like "The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members" ?

(Yes they did, Google it for yourself)

I think that includes animals, especially Dogs here in the UK.

I've no idea if this is a genuine charity which provides relief for our Mutts, or just some PR fakery, and used for Tax avoidance, etc.

But its not the animals fault.

And who told the Mayor of Baz wearing a fur coat would give the right message to animal lovers.
Didn't someone say something like "The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members" ? (Yes they did, Google it for yourself) I think that includes animals, especially Dogs here in the UK. I've no idea if this is a genuine charity which provides relief for our Mutts, or just some PR fakery, and used for Tax avoidance, etc. But its not the animals fault. And who told the Mayor of Baz wearing a fur coat would give the right message to animal lovers. ExBasildonBoy
  • Score: 0

12:16am Mon 25 Feb 13

Greatscot1777 says...

It is great to see a charity spending money on what must be, judging by the budget, a state of the art facility. I strongly support the work this will create for both construction and subsequent running of the facility. However it cannot be only me that noticed each kennel will have cost close to £100k. Frankly I would expect FAR more dogs to be homed for such a huge amount of money. A building contractor would construct 69 homes for less!

There ae a shocking number of abandoned animals and like most people I wish the charity every success in their aim to rehome them. There is just a sneaking suspicion this massive sum of denoted money will not be spent as cost effectively as a donor would expect.

Surely they can fit more than 69 dogs on 5 acres?? I have been to very high quality boarding kennels in Essex where they take in far more than 69 pets and the premises are nearer a third of an acre.

Echo reporters, surely there is more to this story than ex-D list celebrities?
It is great to see a charity spending money on what must be, judging by the budget, a state of the art facility. I strongly support the work this will create for both construction and subsequent running of the facility. However it cannot be only me that noticed each kennel will have cost close to £100k. Frankly I would expect FAR more dogs to be homed for such a huge amount of money. A building contractor would construct 69 homes for less! There ae a shocking number of abandoned animals and like most people I wish the charity every success in their aim to rehome them. There is just a sneaking suspicion this massive sum of denoted money will not be spent as cost effectively as a donor would expect. Surely they can fit more than 69 dogs on 5 acres?? I have been to very high quality boarding kennels in Essex where they take in far more than 69 pets and the premises are nearer a third of an acre. Echo reporters, surely there is more to this story than ex-D list celebrities? Greatscot1777
  • Score: 0

6:42am Mon 25 Feb 13

apapa palm says...

a few of my ex wives belong in there . as long as they dont frighten the poor mutts
a few of my ex wives belong in there . as long as they dont frighten the poor mutts apapa palm
  • Score: 5

2:12pm Mon 25 Feb 13

StuckInTraffic says...

So many people commenting on here who have absolutely no idea. Basildon Council have not had to spend any money on this, and neither are they receiving any money from this. The charity is footing the entire bill for this paid for by donations they receive from members of the public.

Dogs Trust is a registered charity and run very well considering the size of it. I am not part of Dogs Trust but have had to deal with both them and the RSPCA in the past when involved with the rescue of a large number of Dogs from a dodgy breeder. Dogs Trust were excellent, the RSPCA were absolutely useless.
This Dogs Trust site will be a rehoming centre, where they take in unwanted and abandoned Dogs, assess them and give them any required veterinary care, then when they are ready they find them new homes.

The kennels will be temporary accomodation to house the dogs while are being rehomed. As part of the assessmant of the animals and to provide them with the required amount of exercise, which they have to do on their own land they do need plenty of open space. This space is also used when assessing the suitability of dogs with their potential new owners.

As for a high quality kennels having only a third of an acre, where do they walk and exercise the dogs, that is nothing like enough space unless they exercise them in the local park and leave all their mess behind.

I do agree though that I bet this ends up being full of staffs as there are too many stupid people in Basildon who buy them and don't bother training them so that they become unmanageable. Staffs are brilliant pets, until they end up in the hands of irresponsible owners.
So many people commenting on here who have absolutely no idea. Basildon Council have not had to spend any money on this, and neither are they receiving any money from this. The charity is footing the entire bill for this paid for by donations they receive from members of the public. Dogs Trust is a registered charity and run very well considering the size of it. I am not part of Dogs Trust but have had to deal with both them and the RSPCA in the past when involved with the rescue of a large number of Dogs from a dodgy breeder. Dogs Trust were excellent, the RSPCA were absolutely useless. This Dogs Trust site will be a rehoming centre, where they take in unwanted and abandoned Dogs, assess them and give them any required veterinary care, then when they are ready they find them new homes. The kennels will be temporary accomodation to house the dogs while are being rehomed. As part of the assessmant of the animals and to provide them with the required amount of exercise, which they have to do on their own land they do need plenty of open space. This space is also used when assessing the suitability of dogs with their potential new owners. As for a high quality kennels having only a third of an acre, where do they walk and exercise the dogs, that is nothing like enough space unless they exercise them in the local park and leave all their mess behind. I do agree though that I bet this ends up being full of staffs as there are too many stupid people in Basildon who buy them and don't bother training them so that they become unmanageable. Staffs are brilliant pets, until they end up in the hands of irresponsible owners. StuckInTraffic
  • Score: 4

2:38pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Devils Advocate says...

StuckInTraffic wrote:
So many people commenting on here who have absolutely no idea. Basildon Council have not had to spend any money on this, and neither are they receiving any money from this. The charity is footing the entire bill for this paid for by donations they receive from members of the public.

Dogs Trust is a registered charity and run very well considering the size of it. I am not part of Dogs Trust but have had to deal with both them and the RSPCA in the past when involved with the rescue of a large number of Dogs from a dodgy breeder. Dogs Trust were excellent, the RSPCA were absolutely useless.
This Dogs Trust site will be a rehoming centre, where they take in unwanted and abandoned Dogs, assess them and give them any required veterinary care, then when they are ready they find them new homes.

The kennels will be temporary accomodation to house the dogs while are being rehomed. As part of the assessmant of the animals and to provide them with the required amount of exercise, which they have to do on their own land they do need plenty of open space. This space is also used when assessing the suitability of dogs with their potential new owners.

As for a high quality kennels having only a third of an acre, where do they walk and exercise the dogs, that is nothing like enough space unless they exercise them in the local park and leave all their mess behind.

I do agree though that I bet this ends up being full of staffs as there are too many stupid people in Basildon who buy them and don't bother training them so that they become unmanageable. Staffs are brilliant pets, until they end up in the hands of irresponsible owners.
I have to agree with you, there are too many stupid people in Basildon who buy them. And in Southend. And in Rayleigh, Westcliff, leigh, Chalkwell, Wickford, Billericay and anywhere else. They have proved again and again to be an unpredictable dog and this has not been restricted to Basildon, as you would appear to think. Why pick on a town when it is a problem with people, not geography!
[quote][p][bold]StuckInTraffic[/bold] wrote: So many people commenting on here who have absolutely no idea. Basildon Council have not had to spend any money on this, and neither are they receiving any money from this. The charity is footing the entire bill for this paid for by donations they receive from members of the public. Dogs Trust is a registered charity and run very well considering the size of it. I am not part of Dogs Trust but have had to deal with both them and the RSPCA in the past when involved with the rescue of a large number of Dogs from a dodgy breeder. Dogs Trust were excellent, the RSPCA were absolutely useless. This Dogs Trust site will be a rehoming centre, where they take in unwanted and abandoned Dogs, assess them and give them any required veterinary care, then when they are ready they find them new homes. The kennels will be temporary accomodation to house the dogs while are being rehomed. As part of the assessmant of the animals and to provide them with the required amount of exercise, which they have to do on their own land they do need plenty of open space. This space is also used when assessing the suitability of dogs with their potential new owners. As for a high quality kennels having only a third of an acre, where do they walk and exercise the dogs, that is nothing like enough space unless they exercise them in the local park and leave all their mess behind. I do agree though that I bet this ends up being full of staffs as there are too many stupid people in Basildon who buy them and don't bother training them so that they become unmanageable. Staffs are brilliant pets, until they end up in the hands of irresponsible owners.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with you, there are too many stupid people in Basildon who buy them. And in Southend. And in Rayleigh, Westcliff, leigh, Chalkwell, Wickford, Billericay and anywhere else. They have proved again and again to be an unpredictable dog and this has not been restricted to Basildon, as you would appear to think. Why pick on a town when it is a problem with people, not geography! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 0

3:38pm Mon 25 Feb 13

StuckInTraffic says...

Agreed, I understand it's not just Basildon, it appears to be happening all over the place. I just have personal experience of what happens in Basildon though so I used it as an example.

All dogs can be unpredictable if not trained and handled properly, they are animals after all and rely on their owners for guidance. I don't think Staffs are any different to any other breeds, it just seems to be that Staffs have an over population of bad owners.
Agreed, I understand it's not just Basildon, it appears to be happening all over the place. I just have personal experience of what happens in Basildon though so I used it as an example. All dogs can be unpredictable if not trained and handled properly, they are animals after all and rely on their owners for guidance. I don't think Staffs are any different to any other breeds, it just seems to be that Staffs have an over population of bad owners. StuckInTraffic
  • Score: 0

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