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Gorefield widow appeals for help in rehoming dogs

Animal Rescue Centre Gorefield, Mary Higgins with Chauwy (only has 1 eye) ANL-151202-184226009
Animal Rescue Centre Gorefield, Mary Higgins with Chauwy (only has 1 eye) ANL-151202-184226009

A woman who has been rescuing animals for more than 30 years fears she may have to shut her shelter.

Mary Higgins has been taking in and retraining dogs at her home in Gorefield for 34 years.

But the 65-year-old widow fears some of her animals may have to be put down unless new homes are found and she is putting out an appeal to help her Venga Rescues.

Mrs Higgins claims Fenland District Council has told her to get rid of her dogs and to close the shelter following a complaint about noise.

The council officers will be returning on March 23 to re-assess the noise. She said: “This is my world. I have been here for 34 years.

“Why is the council telling me to close down now? They know what I do.

“I am terrified that every dog will be put down if they close me down and no good homes are found.”

Mrs Higgins currently has 33 dogs, which include German Shepherds, a St Bernard along with a Labradoodle and Jack Russell.

A total of 13 of her dogs are now ready to be rehomed after she has retrained the animals.

She said: “I need as much help as I can get. If I can rehome 13 that shows I’m trying.”

In her desperation, Mrs Higgins wrote to the Queen and received a response on Saturday to say her case had been passed to the Government.

She said: “I was amazed to receive it. It was a very kind letter.”

The district council says “We can confirm that we have served a noise abatement notice on Mrs Higgins, requiring her to abate the nuisance and prevent its recurrence by March 23. Because this is an ongoing enforcement issue, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

n Can you give a dog a home? See page eight.

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