Taking the lead to help kennels

NILALM110820E1 - Babbington dog show. Becky Haskins, 11 with Buster, who came 3rd in the most Handsom category

NILALM110820E1 - Babbington dog show. Becky Haskins, 11 with Buster, who came 3rd in the most Handsom category

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DOG owners and their four-legged friends helped a local dog rescue centre raise £4,000 at its annual dog show and fun day this weekend.

Babbington Hall Kennels put on the yearly event to raise cash for building work that will start later this year.

NILALM110820E10 - Babbington dog show.

NILALM110820E10 - Babbington dog show.

Around 500 people showed their support on the day and many took their pets with them.

Owner of the centre, Tony Sanderson, said: “It was a brilliant day and everyone enjoyed themselves, including the dogs.

“There were two rings and lots of classes for dogs to enter, it was great to see rescue dogs taking part, some from Babbington but others from different rescue centres.

“All of the money is going into our building fund which will be used to knock down and replace the main kennel building which we are hoping to start in November.”

NILALM110820E3 - Babbington dog show. Charity Auction

NILALM110820E3 - Babbington dog show. Charity Auction

Local animal charities and businesses manned stalls that helped to add to the total raised.

Babbington bosses hope the kennel project will start in the winter but the charity needs between £90,000 and £100,000 to complete the work.

They have already raised some of the money but need £26,000 for plans to go ahead.

Babbington takes in one per cent of the country’s stray and abandoned dogs.

NILALM110820E4 - Babbington dog show. Laura Wrightson and Jenny Shaw with dalmations Molly, one and Dotty, two

NILALM110820E4 - Babbington dog show. Laura Wrightson and Jenny Shaw with dalmations Molly, one and Dotty, two

They provide food, shelter and medical care for the animals before rehoming them.

Anyone who would like to support the centre or interested in taking in a rescue dog can call the kennels on 0115 9324576.

NILALM110820E5 - Babbington dog show. 3rd best mongral Sweep, three with Nicola Bryant

NILALM110820E5 - Babbington dog show. 3rd best mongral Sweep, three with Nicola Bryant

NILALM110820E7 - Babbington dog show. Kirsty Price of Northdene Legend flyball team puts 18 month old Bau and owner Tony Butler though their paces

NILALM110820E7 - Babbington dog show. Kirsty Price of Northdene Legend flyball team puts 18 month old Bau and owner Tony Butler though their paces