South Scotland

Scottish Borders animal rescue centre set to close

Image caption The Scottish SPCA said it was no longer feasible to keep the Borders centre open

The Scottish SPCA has confirmed it is closing its Borders rescue centre.

The unit at Mellerstain, near Gordon in Berwickshire, was the animal charity's first rescue centre in Scotland when it opened 20 years ago.

It said it could not keep it open for financial and access reasons as well as a lack of development opportunity.

Consultation with the centre's four staff is on-going and they have been offered alternative employment within the charity.

No firm date has been given for the closure of the unit which has 12 kennels and accommodation for six cats and 20 smaller animals.

Although it is the Scottish SPCA's smallest rescue establishment, Mellerstain is still taking in 100 to 130 dogs each year.

Ch Supt Mike Flynn said: "The site has no public transport access or development potential and the animal accommodation requires significant investment further to the £120,000 annual running costs.

"As a charity we must use the donations we receive as effectively as possible and maintaining this site is no longer feasible."

He said rescue and investigation work in the region would not be affected.

Mr Flynn added that significant investment was also taking place by the charity in other parts of Scotland.

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