Kennel Club cancels Discover Dogs event

The Kennel Club has cancelled this year’s Discover Dogs event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which was due to take place in London in October, will no longer go ahead due to the continued restrictions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and current government advice against staging large public gatherings such as indoor exhibitions.

According to a statement issued by the Kennel Club, at present, there is “no prospect of these restrictions being lifted in the timescale required to organise the event.

The Kennel Club takes the health, safety and security of everyone who takes part in its events very seriously and this must remain the prime consideration at all times.”

The news comes as The 2020 Young Kennel Club (YKC) Summer Camp was cancelled amid the ongoing pandemic.

The summer programme for youths was set to take place between 12 August 12 and 17 August at Rutland Showground in Oakham, but will no longer go ahead. The Kennel Club said that the decision has been taken in light of the government’s most recent announcement regarding continued lockdown measures.

Last week, the animal charity announced the appointment of Mark Beazley as chief executive.

Beazley succeeds Rosemary Smart who stepped down in April after 18 years in the role.

He joins The Kennel Club from animal welfare charity, Cats Protection, where he has held the post of director of operations for the past three and a half years. Prior to this, Beazley worked at Dogs Trust Ireland as executive director.

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