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Dogs Trust welcomes new CEO
Mr Sharp previously worked as deputy chief executive at Victim Support and CEO at Prostate Cancer UK.
Movember CEO will take the reins at leading dog charity

The chief executive of the Movember Foundation, Owen Sharp, is set to take over as CEO the Dogs Trust in July, the charity has announced.

Former Dogs Trust CEO Adrian Burder sadly passed away in October last year, following a short illness. He had worked at the charity for more than 20 years, formerly as marketing director, before becoming chief executive in 2014.

Mr Sharp began his career as a nurse in Glasgow and has worked in a number of leadership roles in hospitals across the UK. Before joining the Movember Foundation, he previously worked as deputy chief executive at Victim Support and CEO at Prostate Cancer UK.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: ““I have watched Dogs Trust go from strength to strength, and be a much-respected force for good in the sector. As a dog lover and owner I’ve found the charity to be a helpful source of information and advice. I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to lead the organisation.
 
“I know the charity has ambitious goals, with a new rehoming centre opening in Cardiff in 2021 and plans for helping more people understand their dogs. I can’t wait to play my part in making this – and more – happen, as their new CEO.”

Interim CEO at the Dog’s Trust, Jim Monteith, added: “We’re delighted that Owen will be joining Dogs Trust. Owen has a strong history of leading incredibly successful charities, including Movember and Prostate Cancer UK.

“He impressed us with his wealth of experience, his thorough knowledge of the sector as well as his positive personality. He’s exactly the person we need to take up the reins here and we’re looking forward to him getting started.”

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Wales to ban third party puppy and kitten sales

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 The Welsh Government has said it will ban third party sales of puppies and kittens, after a consultation showed overwhelming public support.

A consultation in February received nearly 500 responses, most of whom called for greater action to improve the welfare of cats and dogs at all breeding premises.

Concerns were also raised about online sales, impulse buying, breeder accountability and illegal puppy imports.

A consultation will now be held on plans to implement a ban. Environment minister Lesley Griffiths said she will also revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions.  

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WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak an international health emergency

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The move comes after a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the DRC. The committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma - a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.

The committee also reinforced the need to protect the livelihoods of the people most affected by the outbreak by keeping transport routes and borders open.