The Pet Shop owner has his say after RSPCA takes 34 dogs from his centre’s care

Robert Phipps. Robert Phipps.

Robert Phipps
Friday, February 28, 2014
5:20 PM

The Pet Shop owner Robert Phipps gives his side of the story after 34 dogs were taken yesterday by the RSPCA from his dog rescue centre at The Pet Shop warehouse on Commercial Road, March.

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The rescue was born out of necessity approximately 18 months ago due to the number of dogs developing behaviour issues and this area being a passion of mine.

Since running the The Pet Shop on Station Road, March, I’ve helped hundreds of customers out with problems they and their dogs were experiencing and taken great pride in this work and done it solely free of charge as I just wanted to help the dogs.

When we expanded into our second larger premises on Commercial Road we started taking in unwanted dogs from other rescues that couldn’t cope - council run kennels throughout the country that had strays in and were due to put them to sleep after their seven days were up,

We took in some dogs with deemed severe issues that no other behaviourist could deal with.

Vets would contact us to take dogs that had come in to be put to sleep for behaviour issues that they knew I could help fix. Strays would be handed into us after hours and at weekends as no-one else wanted to know or would help.

Others from members of the March and surrounding area that could no longer care for their pet but were let down by other organisations when they’d contacted them for help and were told no best get your beloved pet put to sleep no matter how young, happy and friendly that dog might have been.

I even had to do a pick up of one such dog on Christmas Day 2013 as they needed the dog out that day as it had attacked their elderly dog and they were worried as they had children in the house yet no-one else they contacted would do anything to help.

As the rescue grew we started holding daily community dog walks where volunteers from the community and potential new owners could come along daily and meet the dogs and help walk them sometimes for up to two hour walks out into the glorious March countryside.

We rehomed many dogs this way and helped to socialise a lot of dogs too that their owners felt needed it and a great time was had by all.

The dogs loved meeting new people and this helped a lot with their rehabilitation.

As we expected and is always the case when you have a lot of animals someone called the RSPCA and they visited in January 2014.

They had no issues with the condition of the dogs as all were happy and healthy and in great condition.

I explained a lot of the dogs had been offered to them by members of the public but been refused but they didn’t want to discuss this.

The only issues they had was dogs are crated when not being exercised or mixing freely with the pack but I said that I along with many other rescues don’t believe in kennels as many of our dogs have come from that situation and developed stress and issues from it and they were walked three to four times a day.

Also we don’t have water in the crates as they’re not in there long enough to get thirsty and when we used to in the past the bowls were knocked over and beds were made wet within minutes of the dogs going to bed.

We tried different bowls, buckets, hook on bowls, bolt on bowls and so on but end result was the same and we don’t like the thought of them having to sleep in a wet bed all night.

They agreed no dogs were dehydrated and all in good condition. No paperwork or improvement request was given and they left all happy and friendly.

Yesterday morning at about 9am when the RSPCA representatives descended on the warehouse and told me they were taking all dogs away to be assessed.

No welfare issues, all dogs noted to numerous volunteers that they were in good condition, the only issue was the crates at night.

We’ve had no issues at Commercial Road with noise or environmental health in connection with the dogs.

The only issue we’ve had is some people wrongly assumed dog mess down the road was caused by our dogs but this was found to be members of the public walking their dogs down the road daily at night and not clearing up.

To be sure we didn’t get the blame again I took to personally dog poo picking the street every day and even started doing the path that runs along the back of Commercial Road leading to Norwood Road bridge which locals had dubbed Dog Poo Alley.

I now do this path twice a week and this is greatly appreciated by the local community who use it and hopefully the more people see it clean they’ll want to keep it that way and pick up after their own dogs so eventually I don’t have to.

The RSPCA took 34 dogs leaving four, two that were out of their crates and two that we’re in our isolation kennel.

Surely if any animal cruelty was suggested they’d have taken the lot?

Again no paperwork or official written reason was given, all we got was a receipt for 34 dogs like they were someone’s shopping!

55 comments

  • We all know what u have done for this town and we all know u care very much about dogs and there well being I really hope this is over turned and you get them back . I always say bad things happen to the wrong people.

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    Alan Cobbin

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • RSPCA are a complete waste of time everybody should stop donating more like animal police no interest I'm welfare only prosecution

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    Elaine Salkeld

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • This is shocking treatment for someone who is trying to do some good. All I have seen from what Rob is doing is bringing the community together, from the volunteering for dog walks to even clearing the streets from dog mess. Its a thankless task made even worse by the way he has been treated. I can't believe that the council, the police and the RSPCA have once again wasted tax payers money by removing these dogs that so badly need some TLC and not putting down.

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    genshell

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Your either a dog person or not and Rob is the ultimate one.He has dedicated his life to a cause that nobody wished to deal with, he took it upon himself on top of running a successful business, which in itself is a time and energy consuming cause,to look after the vulnerable dogs that nobody else wanted or could handle and not because he had to but because he wanted to, how can this be wrong?? You can tell a man by his followers and all these wonderful people who help Rob on a daily basis is a true testament to the sort of person he is. People want to help him and spend time with him and his dogs, he has drawn an old town together and given it enthusiasm again he has brought people together who would have normally not met and encouraged them to help others other than themselves and they have willingly done it because of him. So why has Rob been dealt this hand, why has someone had that much of a miserable disposition that they have complained in the first place to the RSPCA it is obvious how happy those dogs were I saw it myself. And if the RSPCA had a problem the first time round why not give him a warning of what they wanted him to do because he would do anything for them without question, its a waste of time for everyone involved and more importantly its a waste of emotional energy for not only all the people involved but the dogs themselves who at this point must be so confused as to why they have been separated from someone they love so much.

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    wing712

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Rob has helped me in a massive way I used to have a staff when I lived on my own but had to move back home with my parents and my mums dog didn't get on with mine I tried my best to re-home him and no one would take him in as he was a very large dog. Rob off his own back took him in gave him a home with other dogs was well fed and walked when I visited my dog down at his yard he looked happy to be with other dogs. Not only did rob look after my dog but had him neutered ( out off his own pocket not mine) he then reformed him as well .. Rob is a hard working man and only looking out for the best interest in those animals if you could see all that he has done for them these actions would never have happened.

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    Matty Lemmon

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • This is sickening. Folks actually prepared to put their own time and money into helping these dogs who have been failed by the local councils and the RSPCA. So they take the dogs in a vain effort to discredit those actually making a positive difference in the lives of these dogs. Something they couldn't do. Inept, ineffective and dated systems shown up by real action by honest people. No longer part of the solution just part of the problem. With 34 lives at stake they should be as ashamed of themselves as we are disgusted by them.

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    jacksinyourbox

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • What the RSPCA have done is disgusting - these dogs were saved from being pts, Rob has rehabilitated them and has even taken dogs in when asked to by the RSPCA itself. This is all because of FDC jobs worth and a bit of red tape that says the premises he hires are not for dogs - its a pet shop for goodness sake as well.. The dogs were well looked after, healthy and their mental state was splendid - they got long walks each day and were well fed. Now forgive me if I got this wrong but I thought the RSPCA should only interfere if an animal was being abused, and if the tv is to be believed in those cases they seem to issue a warning and change notice before removing the pets from neglecting owners. Rob takes these abused pets in and helps them to get well both physically and mentally. RSPCA found no grounds previously to remove the dogs and I suggest they haven't this time. Surely this is not a good use of their funds when the dogs are not in any danger and the FDC could easily have been a bit more humane and granted a stay so that Rob could have time to find alternative accommodation for himself and the rescue. This is bully boy tactics against poor creatures who already have been badly let down by humans and having found a safe secure environment they have been ripped away from it. The people who have done this have not got the dogs welfare in mind otherwise they would recognise their actions have probably set many of the dogs rehabilitation and adjustment back weeks if not months. disgusting behaviour all organisations including the landlord should be very ashamed of themselves

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    Sara Ingram

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • it would be interesting to see what has happened to these poor dogs that have been taken, these are the ones that are going to loose in the long run, they had a good life with this man and his family who cared very much about them, come on rspca lets see how you have done better for these dogs?????

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    Susan Wadlow

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Free the March 34! The RSPCA may do a lot of good work, but they don't always get it right. It may not be ideal to have dogs kept in crates, but surely with all the other provisions ie. handling and walking given by this kind man and his merry band of helpers, it is infinitely preferable to the alternative!

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    Angie7058

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I have never seen so many supportive comments on this website. Surely that shows what a good man Rob is and how much people appreciate all that he does. RSPCA hang your heads in shame

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    mypointofview

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I have known Rob for a few years, and those animals are well looked after. I suggested to him to have a Donation Box on the counter to help with the cost of feeding the animals, and others have asked people on Facebook to donate blankets etc. Those animals are well looked after and are taken for walks by a lot of volunteers. They were abandoned animals and Rob took them in the give then some sort of home comfort, I think it was totally wrong of the RSPCA to take those dogs away. He has homed quite a few of his dogs, now I suppose they will all be put to sleep as the RSPCA we are told are overflowing. I and many others support Rob and will continue to support him.

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    jonbar

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I think it's great that someone local I'd doing so well for stray dogs. And the fact rob is not asking for government support to keep it going. Nothing but praise for the work rob and his team of helpers are doing and saving many animals without putting strain on the rspca I hope rob gets everything he needs to keep going.

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    Mark Southwell

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I started walking my dogs with the group to help them socialise better. They are 2 westies but had more bark and growls than any of JJ rescues put together. I had every thought running through my head when various large dogs were appearing but I decided to stay put. I'm glad I did as I met some great people. Everyone was sensible the dogs were walked with plenty of room between them to avoid any conflict. Infact I thought my 2 had long walks daily but no we walked 5 miles. Please don't judge until you have witnessed it yourself. Just because others have treated animals badly in the past nobody should tar anyone with the same brush. Not one of these dogs was mis treated ONCE they arrived at JJ rescue. We are all forgetting why they ended up there in the first place. No one wanted them. Yet on here we are having a pop when we did nothing ourselves.......always someone else's responsibility never our own. But we can always do better....so we think

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    Emma

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I honestly can't understand this. Without some kind of controlled document outlining the reasoning for the RSPCA to have taken the vast majority of the dogs away, it doesn't seem to be of an 'official business.' With this in mind, my first thoughts are to question the legality of the actions taken. If you're ever lucky enough to meet Rob, you'll appreciate within a few seconds just how much of a genuinely nice guy he is. His passion for building bridges that have long since been ignored, between friends, family's and different social groups, through people's shared love of animals has been inspirational. And that's just it, he doesn't just care for unwanted animals, he's brought people together too. I've been on sponsored dogs walks with Pet Shop March and they've been a great day out and have raised money for needing charities. I've also given up time to help Rob in his personal mission to improve the quality of life of an elderly customer he knew was struggling. Rob is one of the most caring, loving and giving guys anyone could ever meet and because we ALL know this, the idea of the RSPCA taking these dogs away from his care is absolutely unbelievable. Aside from his genuine care for animals, Rob is a true professional. If anything, what he is doing should be celebrated by the RSPCA as it like alleviates the pressure from a body who openly admit to be struggling with issues of this kind! I cannot, for the life of me, understand why the RSPCA have deemed it necessary to take these animals away from someone who should be considered an ally! The initial visit from them should have concluded with a kind 'thank you' to Rob and his team. He's an extended (and more personal) arm to them, not an enemy.

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    swarwick

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Lets hope this gets them dogs where they belong! With Rob

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    patricia

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • The RSPCA seem to be a law unto themselves, I really hope in this instance that they have acted illegally as no order or warrent was shown to Rob, and they are liable to prosecution themselves!! Keep up the good work Rob and JJ rescue. These unfortunate dogs need ppl like you :)

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    Maria

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Why do bad things happen to good people, rob took in 1 of our dogs which is sadly now with the rspca and i would not have even considered handing him over if i thought he wouldn't be looked after to a high standard and when i have gone to visit him, i was never disappointed. Hats off to rob as not many people would dedicate there time and money to such a good cause.

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    shona

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • This is shocking treatment for someone who is trying to do some good. All I have seen from what Rob is doing is bringing the community together, from the volunteering for dog walks to even clearing the streets from dog mess. Its a thankless task made even worse by the way he has been treated. I can't believe that the council, the police and the RSPCA have once again wasted tax payers money by removing these dogs that so badly need some TLC and not putting down.

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    genshell

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Rob has carried out the rehabilitation of 50 dogs and the rehoming of 9. These are dogs that were written off by your preferred system, Sonar. Currently 38 that are in various stages of rehabilitation with 34 taken by the RSPCA which will obviously have a negative effect on their progress. Its absolute idiocy on the part of the RSPCA. The lack of compassion and empathy only go to dampen the local trust in what was once a well respected organisation.

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    jacksinyourbox

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Ive known Rob now for about a year and what an amazing guy he is to do what he does for the animals around this town. Hes whole life is dedicated to them day in day out and they always come first with him. I live very close to Rob and some of his dogs, I never hear them, they are never a nunuisance to me or his other neighbours. I dont have any animals myself but ive contacted Rob on a few occasions asking his advice on my friends animals n also called him in the middle of the night to come a collect a pigeon that was injured and couldnt move, he got out of his bed and come to collect it within minutes. Another occasion was when another bird was stuck in the base of a tree he also came straight away but the bird did eventually fly away. But Rob still stopped whatever he was doing to come and help. Ive been to his yard before and was impressed on how well he looks after ALL the animals he has down there, and its all from the kindness of his heart and his pocket with some help from other kind people in this town that donate to his great work. What has happened is unfair and disgusting, I cant imagine anyone else around here that would do what he does. Rob your a great guy do not let this get to you. You know you have so much support and we are all behind you. To be honest we need more people like you.

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    Sam Han-de-Beaux

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • @sonar, if there were concerns, why no paperwork? If civillians (which the RSPCA are) walk into a property and remove anything without concent, that's theft!! Even the police need a warrent to enter premises without concent!!

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    Maria

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • My husband and I regularly walked the dogs and I can guarantee as I'm sure all the other volunteers would that those dogs were well cared for. Had it not been for Rob the majority of the 34 would not be here today. It's so very disappointing that a highly respected charity such as the RSPCA can act in such a way, why not help and support Rob, instead it appears they act before thinking and take steps which could undo all the hard work Rob has put into rehabilitating them, and thus reduce their chances of finding homes! Shame on them.

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    Winniepeg

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • I have seen a lot of different animals, birds & fish in Rob's care in the years that I have known him & visited his premises, they all have always been extremely well cared for & well tended to. My children have been around & handled many of these animals & never has there been any question as to how these animals behaved or were treat. All the dogs & other creatures in Rob's care have at all times looked fit, healthy & happy. Dogs were around at both The Pet Shop & The Pet Shop Warehouse & clearly were in the best place for them to receive care they needed until rehoming. Everyone who knows how much Rob cares for his animals are completely astounded that the RSPCA could even consider removing them. The dogs should be returned along with some help & funding to allow JJ Rescue to continue its good work.

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    Tracy

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I've known Rob for close to 20 years now and for as long as I can remember people have gone to him with injured, unwanted or stray animals and also asked him for advice. He has always pretty much eat, sleep, breathed animals from a very young age. Rob is a very caring and competent person, was always very mature even as a youngster and applies himself to every task he undertakes with full commitment, taking pride in doing it well. His animaldog rescue and rehabilitation being no exception. Not only is Rob providing a very valuable service on many levels, he has inspired people in the town to join together with him of all ages. There is a real community spirit surrounding the rescue centre. He is educating people about animals, animal welfare, training, and animal behaviour and is a true inspiration and an asset to our community. He is gaining recognition with other rescues and animal institutions across the country and is massively respected and well regarded. Everything about this rescue centre is well thought out, and any challenges overcome and lessons learned along the way. There is a real crisis going on all over the world with regard to the over breeding of dogs and them being homeless. The UK's animal welfare centres and homes are bursting at the seams. Cruelty to animals is a massive problem, as is the ignorance with regard to dogs specifically Dangerous dog breeds, and the dangerous dog act which is not helped by newspapers such as the sun and their scare mongering. Rob is a very knowledgable person, and is indeed qualified as a behaviourist. IF the RSPCA had issue with the rescue centre, they should've informed him of their concerns and asked that they be changed, and the situation reviewed at a later date. it is in the communities interest as well as these poor dogs, and indeed the RSPCA's interest to work WITH Rob, not against him. The RSPCA is fast losing support from animal lovers due to their attitude and behaviour in cases like this. They're losing revenue via donation due to this as people become disillusioned by their tendency to not act with enough force in the areas truly needed, whilst carrying out ridiculously over the top acts such as they have in taking these poor dogs away from Rob's rescue centre. I sincerely hope that the RSPCA and all concerned in causing this issue come to their senses, and take the dogs back to Rob where they will be loved, cared for and rehomed in the very best way they could ever possibly be.

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    MsPandaEyez

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I've known Rob for close to 20 years now and for as long as I can remember people have gone to him with injured, unwanted or stray animals and also asked him for advice. He has always pretty much eat, sleep, breathed animals from a very young age. Rob is a very caring and competent person, was always very mature even as a youngster and applies himself to every task he undertakes with full commitment, taking pride in doing it well. His animaldog rescue and rehabilitation being no exception. Not only is Rob providing a very valuable service on many levels, he has inspired people in the town to join together with him of all ages. There is a real community spirit surrounding the rescue centre. He is educating people about animals, animal welfare, training, and animal behaviour and is a true inspiration and an asset to our community. He is gaining recognition with other rescues and animal institutions across the country and is massively respected and well regarded. Everything about this rescue centre is well thought out, and any challenges overcome and lessons learned along the way. There is a real crisis going on all over the world with regard to the over breeding of dogs and them being homeless. The UK's animal welfare centres and homes are bursting at the seams. Cruelty to animals is a massive problem, as is the ignorance with regard to dogs specifically Dangerous dog breeds, and the dangerous dog act which is not helped by newspapers such as the sun and their scare mongering. Rob is a very knowledgable person, and is indeed qualified as a behaviourist. IF the RSPCA had issue with the rescue centre, they should've informed him of their concerns and asked that they be changed, and the situation reviewed at a later date. it is in the communities interest as well as these poor dogs, and indeed the RSPCA's interest to work WITH Rob, not against him. The RSPCA is fast losing support from animal lovers due to their attitude and behaviour in cases like this. They're losing revenue via donation due to this as people become disillusioned by their tendency to not act with enough force in the areas truly needed, whilst carrying out ridiculously over the top acts such as they have in taking these poor dogs away from Rob's rescue centre. I sincerely hope that the RSPCA and all concerned in causing this issue come to their senses, and take the dogs back to Rob where they will be loved, cared for and rehomed in the very best way they could ever possibly be.

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    MsPandaEyez

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Knowing Rob and knowing what he does for the animals and the time he spends with them anyone from the outside would know how decent he is, he has so much to do running a business, a house yet he puts the dogs first everytime and pays for them out if his own pocket, all the negative do gooders on here where were you when these dogs needed taking in????? where were the r.s.p.c.a??????? these dogs may have been kept in crates but its better than being on the streets or abused, rob has drove all over spending petrol money to save these dogs and i for one will respect him and back him to the moon and back to get him the dogs back, the r.s.p.c.a and dog kennels are known for giving a dog a time limit then havin it put to sleep, we had a vet pleading us to take a rotweiler on as she came in to be put down and the vet rang us asking if there was anychance, she had been used to much for breeding,had her nipples ripped and scarred and was left walking the dtreets terrified she still cowls now!!!! some monster did that to her!!! where were the r.s.p.c.a then??? we took her in and she has a 3leather suite to herself but i know if she was kept in a crate in the dry and warm and fed,watered and walked she would still be so happy to be given the main thing LOVE!!!! who is anyone to judge this man for what he was doing for these dogs maybe if you all got off your high horse and used your negative comments to the morons breeding as i see it to often on face book dogs being posted for sale cute little puppys then a year on they end up homeless!!! yet lets all get nasty to the one man who was paying and spending his every hour with these dogs for absolutely nothing in return, prehaps if you have nothing nice to say you should say nothing!!!!! I just hope these dogs are safe and havent been put to sleep as lets face it everywhere is over run and their not known to keep them forever if not rehomed unlike Rob, GOOD ON YOU ROB YOU HAVE MY UPMOST RESPECT

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    Sam Lodge

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • This appears to be the worst sort of abuse of power, both by the RSPCA and by Fenland District Council. Although obviously there is no way of knowing the "full story", what seems clear is that the dogs were being well cared-for and were not in immediate danger, so their seizure was precipitate. Likewise, there are systems and rules in place for dealing with planning issues or disputes between landlord and tenant, which, to all appearances, were not followed in this instance. Who is trying to score points or enhance their reputation here? And who truly is acting in the best interests of those dogs who have already been rescued from less-than-ideal conditions by JJ Rescue? I hope common sense will prevail and the innocent will be protected.

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    DBuck

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I, like many others commenting, have known Rob for many years, and yes that makes me biased in his favour, but for good reason - because whether you've known him for 10 minutes or 10 years, you'll know that he genuinely cares about animals and goes above and beyond the call of duty to care for them (and, perhaps more importantly, that he knows how to care for them - it's easy for the uninformed observer to jump to the conclusion that he doesn't know what to do or that he's on a one man crusade, but that simply IS NOT THE CASE - don't fall into the trap of assuming that as the RSPCA are involved he must be the one at fault. It's very easy to be cynical and question what he is doing, but when you see the time and effort put in by Rob and the volunteers (the daily messages about times and places for the walkers to meet, the requests for bedding etc, the numerous times Rob has been called at some unearthly hour to drive off into the sunset to pick up a dog that needs a home etc.) you surely have to realise he's got the dogs' best interests at heart. I'll add that this isn't something where he's just started collecting stray dogs and tried to profit from it, it's something costing him a great deal of time, effort and money because he cares. Instead of trying to question and criticise, why not ask how you could help to improve the situation, and if you don't care enough to do that, it's a damn shame you do have the time to sit behind a computer screen and pass judgement. As far as I'm concerned, the only things somewhat lacking in Rob's setup are cooperation from local authorities (and presumably certain members of the community), and to a certain extent resources, but there's no doubt in my mind that the local authorities and RSPCA have gone about this in totally the wrong way and should be trying to assist his fine efforts however they can.

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    Alistair Campbell

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • this man and his family and helpers help and save many dogs that would ordinarily be put down due to the lack of help from bigger organisations.he is never too busy to stop and talk about problems that his customers have with their dogs,he has a lot of experience he is willing to share and works all hours with the dogs and organising thingsfor no financial reward .I understand when a complaint is made the r.s.p.c.a. must investigate but if the dogs are healthy and happy and treated well ,why take them.especially if they have given no reason.isn't it illegal to take animals without just cause?surely the r.s.p.c.a need to respond with adequate reasons for their actions.they may or may not have the law on their side but no organisation in this country is omnipotent and must justify their actions.

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    fabuloushornet

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • I, like many others commenting, have known Rob for many years, and yes that makes me biased in his favour, but for good reason - because whether you've known him for 10 minutes or 10 years, you'll know that he genuinely cares about animals and goes above and beyond the call of duty to care for them (and, perhaps more importantly, that he knows how to care for them - it's easy for the uninformed observer to jump to the conclusion that he doesn't know what to do or that he's on a one man crusade, but that simply IS NOT THE CASE - don't fall into the trap of assuming that as the RSPCA are involved he must be the one at fault. It's very easy to be cynical and question what he is doing, but when you see the time and effort put in by Rob and the volunteers (the daily messages about times and places for the walkers to meet, the requests for bedding etc, the numerous times Rob has been called at some unearthly hour to drive off into the sunset to pick up a dog that needs a home etc.) you surely have to realise he's got the dogs' best interests at heart. I'll add that this isn't something where he's just started collecting stray dogs and tried to profit from it, it's something costing him a great deal of time, effort and money because he cares. Instead of trying to question and criticise, why not ask how you could help to improve the situation, and if you don't care enough to do that, it's a damn shame you do have the time to sit behind a computer screen and pass judgement. As far as I'm concerned, the only things somewhat lacking in Rob's setup are cooperation from local authorities (and presumably certain members of the community), and to a certain extent resources, but there's no doubt in my mind that the local authorities and RSPCA have gone about this in totally the wrong way and should be trying to assist his fine efforts however they can.

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    Alistair Campbell

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I have seen the work Rob has done with the dogs in his care and can honestly say I have never had any reason to be concerned. Rob works with dogs that in inexperienced hands would probably have been pts. He understands the dogs and their needs. I hope the authorities see just how much we need people with Rob's knowledge in all our rescues

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    gsdmum

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • The dogs needed Rob. They have been taken from a happy environment into the unknown. How is that better for them?

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    nina

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Personally I disagree with what Rob Phipps has been doing and his followers. Not only have there been issues with animal welfare - keeping dogs in crates for long periods - but there are huge issues with Health and Safety. By his own admission Mr Phipps has been taking in dogs with aggression issues, he allows volunteers, including children, to help with these dogs and walk them in large groups out in public. This is an accident waiting to happen. There are little enough open spaces to walk dogs without one man amassing 38 of the most dangerous and undesirable breeds. Furthermore the mindset of Mr Phipps, and his followers, concerns me greatly. A man who wants to "save them all". How can one man give 38 dogs the daily, exercise, training and attention that they require especially given some of the issues these animals have. It simply isn't possible. I see the followers of this man wish to help him set up a rescue centre, before this is agreed you need to be certain that his business model is sustainable and supportable because the danger is that he will continue to amass un-rehomable dogs unless strict controls as to numbers are put in place.

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    Sonar

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • rob and all his volunteers have worked tirelessly all hours of the day and night for these dogs.the rspca gave them the all clear 4 weeks previously ,yet on the whim of the council putting pressure on the landlord they turn up mob handed and take these dogs.initially we were told they were at block fen but now appears they are not .noone is saying where these dogs are or if theyre still alive or have been put to sleep.how they can when they are not the legal owners slaughter these dogs because thats what it amounts to i dont know.maybe cllr kit owen should step up to the mark and support his community rather than waste money on vendettas against local businesses costing the tax payer thousands where that money could have been better used supporting a local rescue .

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    Sheila Wright

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • hello I am one of the volunteers that helps to walk these dogs everyday I get down there at 8am in the morning and help give the dogs there morning and there breakfast and whistled I am walking the dogs Rob would clean out all the dogs they were always happy and excited to see me and very friendly dogs and various volunteers would also come down throughout the day to take the dogs on walks the dogs are all happy and healthy dogs and when I have taken the dogs on walks I would always ask rob about how he got the dogs and the back ground that he has rescued them from and you could not tell that one of these dogs had been mistreated in the passed which shows the brilliant job he has done with these dogs giving them a second chance of life and helping them to trust humans again so rob has my full support and respect for all that he has done for these dogs and taking them away is not going to help these dogs on there road to recovery and I am most outraged as to why these dogs were taken from rob and I am going to help all I can in helping to get these dogs back safe and sound to where they belong with rob and the rest of the JJ Rescue team.

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    Jay Fisher

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • hope this all gets sorted out its great to see all the support for Rob.

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    Rachael Garner

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • I think this is one of the most disgusting and disgraceful things I have ever seem! Rob was doing an amazing job looking after these dogs which would of otherwise been put to sleep. These dogs were taken in by Rob regardless of how his personal time and financial time would be effected. He dedicates every minute of every day to these animals to look treat them, feed them the right food, look after their personal hygiene, entertain them, give them his undivided attention and provide everything else that they need. The way this is coming across to me is.... The RSPCA have taken these dogs from robs care as they do not wanting someone else doing "their job" better than they do! I know lots of people who crate their dogs but those dogs could not ask for better care or attention and 3 dogs are even competing in this years crufts so do not try and say crates are bad!!I would've thought that the RSPCA would support, advise and back rob in his efforts in order to make more room in their rescue centres! I think personally they have made the wrong decision, they have not investigated enough, had they of investigated properly they would've seen that the it is in the dogs best interest to stay with rob! Absolutely appalling behaviour from the council and mostly the RSPCA who apparently save and rescue animals!!!

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    Rockabilly rebel

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • This is shocking treatment for someone who is trying to do some good. All I have seen from what Rob is doing is bringing the community together, from the volunteering for dog walks to even clearing the streets from dog mess. Its a thankless task made even worse by the way he has been treated. I can't believe that the council, the police and the RSPCA have once again wasted tax payers money by removing these dogs that so badly need some TLC and not putting down.

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    genshell

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I have huge admiration for any organisation, charity or individual that takes animal welfare seriously and in this day and age we need every single one of them and more. I don't know Rob personally but my reason for supporting JJ rescue is simple. My husband owns a business in the same road and only a stones throw away from where these beautiful dogs are kept, my husband, myself and approx twenty employees are regularly around at all hours of the day and night and always comment on how often we see the dogs out walking with the kind and caring volunteers that rob has supporting him. We have also commented on why we hardly ever hear them barking and NEVER hear them whining, whimpering or distressed, why?.... Because they are happy and contented dogs that have been given a second chance when no one else could. So why are the RSPCA making this situation more difficult than need be? Why are they not using the power they have sensibly? They are not looking at the bigger picture here and are rapidly loosing valuable support from the public, they too are a charity after all!

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    Karen A Fey

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I believe what has happened to Rob, is disgusting and appalling. he has done everything for those dogs, many wouldn't be here today if he hadn't taken them in and given them a second chance at life. The rspca only seem to swoop in when it pleases them or they will be made to look good in the public eye. What they did on Thursday was unjust and I hope Rob and his supporters get the justice they need. His dogs, were watered, fed and walked several times a day, and were taken where they will be given 15 mins max of exercise, how is that right? I for one will be fighting this, along with other.

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    graveyardgirl

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Thank you Sona for your comments, as a volunteer and dog walker with these rescue dogs for sometime now, I feel I can comment on some of your points. Firstly children and under 18's are always with a consenting adult. Secondly it would be wonderful if we had 34 dog walkers each session, but alas we do not, therefore we are unable to walk all the dogs together. We take health and safety very seriously. We are responsible and always leave space when walking with the dogs, where we walk there is plenty of open space. However having said this the vast majority of the dogs get on exceptionally well together and enjoy walking side by side. I would like to point out, and pardon me for not remembering your exact terminology, not all of the dogs are deemed dangerous, in fact I would guess most would be classed as neglected or abused by humans. Yes we have some larger dogs here, but we also have small hand bag size ones and medium ones. In the future, when we are fully functional again we would like to invite you to attend one of our walks, we hope we will be able to change your opinion of us.

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    Chapmanbird

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I help Rob out in a donation way, and also helping with bedding asking people if they have blankets etc. I visit the Warehouse quite often to get food and the dogs there have never bitten me and I have stroked a few of them, they are well kept, well oved and exercised and brushed. More than they got in their own homes. Rob does an excellent job and puts a lot of his own money into it and his time too. I think in this case the RSPCA were out of order for what they did. Shame on them I for one will not be donating to them again.

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    jonbar

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I think it's absolutely disgraceful how this has been allowed to happen! Rob has done and still is doing an amazing job, whoever was in charge of this should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, I am backing rob and JJ rescue 100%

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    Karen pink pants

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • jackisinthebox as someone so informed as to the good work of JJ rescue please can you answer me one question - How many dogs have actually been rehabilitated and rehomed?

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    Sonar

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I am a volunteer and and myself and my husband and my daughter walk these dogs I can assure these dogs do not show any aggression and an aggressive dog is an unapproachable dog it shows aggression these dogs do not do that they have behaviour issues simply because they are not socialised that dog becomes isolated in the environment they grow in its like having a baby and keeping that baby at home throughout its childhood what Rob does is teach that dog to socialise if a dog shows slight agression it is through fear but I can honestly say I have not seen it all ive seen is well cared for happy dogs in a safe environment that loved there daily walks my daughter was petrified of dogs Rob has helped her she started off just walking with us then she got confident with stroking then she had her own Scruff who she walked every nite and every other weekend she's devasted my daughter will be educated on how to look after a dog and not treat it like a desginer handbag cause this is the problem the human race is just not educated enough I would to thank Rob for rehabilitating my daughter so well that we now have our own Brandy who came from JJ Rescue & Canine REHAB we will fight this we have unbelievable support and people that truly believe in Rob and us the volunteers....

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    crystal

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I think the RSPCA has become a disgraceful organisation. They're more interested in spending millions of pounds on directors salaries, or prosecutions for fox hunting than actually looking after genuinely mistreated animals. I stopped donating to them years ago (donations are now down by 20%) as I would rather support proper animal welfare charities like Cats Protection who spend pretty much every penny they receive on looking after the animals in their care!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Oh dear people really do jump on the band wagon. Whenever a volatile dog was taken in, it was Rob and Rob only that handled that dog, until it lost its fears and learnt to trust again. Even then it was only experienced adults that interacted with them. All dogs that were taken for a walk by the volunteers were perfectly safe to take in public. All health and safety was adhered to. I can understand that with the mention of the cratescages people's imagination runs riot. Unless you have seen the situation yourself you could not understand the complete set up. These dogs were visible to all members of the public, nothing was hidden. There are full vet records for all these dogs totalling thousands of pounds which have been covered by donations given by local people and Rob personally! These donations were given by members of the public that have seen and met these dogs. Do you really think they would have contributed to these animals if they were being abused, mistreated or kept in terrible conditions. No they wouldn't. So whilst you can jump to conclusions by reading about the amount of cagescrates etc... unless you know the truth then I am afraid your comments cannot be taken seriously. Many of the volunteers have also been involved in animal rescue for many years, rescuers, walkers, trainers etc... so they do know what they are doing. The RSPCA redirected members of the public to JJ Rescue, so it met with their approval then and nothing had changed between then and now. This seizure was a disgusting misuse of power and the RSPCA should be dragged over the coals for this.

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    Lisa Moore

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I think what has happened is shocking. I know from personal experience how helpful & supportive Rob is when you have a difficult dog & this was before he even started his recuse. I have no doubt that any claims of neglect or mistreatment are totally unfounded & I have questions for the RSPCA - where were you when the owners of the dogs Rob has taken in were asking for help!? I dread to think what would have happened to the dogs if Rob had not been there to take them in. We should be helping, supporting & fundraising for Rob & the rescue centre not penalising him & putting the dogs through even more stress than they have already been through. I appreciate that the RSPCA have to investigate when a complaint is made but they must be made to answer questions and justify their actions. They also advertise themselves as preferring to work with people to improve animals conditions and only remove them when they are in immediate danger - please tell me where the immediate danger was & where was the discussion about what needed to be improved. There are so many questions which need answering. We need to get these dogs return to Rob as soon as possible before any detrimental damage is done to these animals.

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    Sam Town

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • RSPCA statement 3.3.14 On Thursday (27 February), the RSPCA removed 34 dogs from a location in March, Cambridgeshire because of concerns for their welfare following complaints from members of the public. The local council were also in attendence in regards to another issue. As this is still an ongoing matter it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comments at this time. We will provide updates on the condition of the animals when appropriate - but at present all animals are safe, well and being given vet attention where needed.

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    Sonar

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • The work Rob has done with these dogs is amazing and I have seen it for myself. I have 2 of my own dogs, 1 who was nervy with people and the other who was nippy with other dogs (he is a rescue from the RSPCA and came with many issues due to being possibly used for badger baiting and being attacked). Rob invited me and my dogs along to the community dog walks to help socialise both. Within just a few walks the difference was unbelievable as was the difference with the dogs Rob had taken in. The work he has done to prevent these dogs being unnecessarily put to sleep is amazing and the volunteers that help are a great bunch of people. The dogs are lovingly cared for and each individual need is catered for and its all through Robs sheer hard work, determination and passion. Rob has literally dedicated his life, time and own money to support a cause he strongly believes in and for this to be taken away in such a disgusting way is just plain and simply WRONG!!! Most of these beautiful, loving and friendly dogs wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for Rob and sadly possibly wont be here for much longer if something isn't done soon!

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    Emma

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Have to say the views of Sonar and Colliebird offer nothing positive. Plod on with the same tired ineffective system that would see these dogs and many others put to sleep. It appears obvious you are both talking from a position of ignorance as there is masses of informed folks testifying to the positive effects that Rob and the team are having on these dogs. Given the collective support is far outweighing your dated views JJ canine rescue will carry on.

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    jacksinyourbox

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • well said mathew:-)

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    Sam Lodge

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • 34 dogs kept in cages unless they were being walked! Does he have 34 responsible adult dog walkers? Full time helpers? If dogs were stressed in kennels they'll be a lot more stressed being cooped up in a cage for hours on end. Having worked in boarding and rescue kennels it takes 4 - 5 full time kennel helpers to look after as many dogs. Cleaning up after them, feeding them, making sure they are brushed, dishes washed, changing drinking water etc and they all had kennel runs to exercise in. Keeping dogs in cages with no water for hours on end with little exercise and no runs to exercise in is not being well treated!!! That is cruel. As for strays being handed in, there are official stray kennels that have opening hours during the weekend and there is always a dog warden during the week to take these dogs as this is the first place a dog's owner will look for their dog if it is lost. Anyone can set themselves up and call themselves a behaviourist, but do you have the qualifications? I doubt it. Do you give all these dogs away or do you sell them?

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    colliebird

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Your either a dog person or not and Rob is the ultimate one.He has dedicated his life to a cause that nobody wished to deal with, he took it upon himself on top of running a successful business, which in itself is a time and energy consuming cause,to look after the vulnerable dogs that nobody else wanted or could handle and not because he had to but because he wanted to, how can this be wrong?? You can tell a man by his followers and all these wonderful people who help Rob on a daily basis is a true testament to the sort of person he is. People want to help him and spend time with him and his dogs, he has drawn an old town together and given it enthusiasm again he has brought people together who would have normally not met and encouraged them to help others other than themselves and they have willingly done it because of him. So why has Rob been dealt this hand, why has someone had that much of a miserable disposition that they have complained in the first place to the RSPCA it is obvious how happy those dogs were I saw it myself. And if the RSPCA had a problem the first time round why not give him a warning of what they wanted him to do because he would do anything for them without question, its a waste of time for everyone involved and more importantly its a waste of emotional energy for not only all the people involved but the dogs themselves who at this point must be so confused as to why they have been separated from someone they love so much.

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    wing712

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I'll think you'll find colliebird, that rob does have the qualifications to call himself a behaviorist. Look into your facts, before you start

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    graveyardgirl

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

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