2021 Dog World Changer

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This award is for the person or dog who has done the most to make sure that the world changes for the better for all dogs.

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October 16, 2021 5:02

Fabulous Finn – his bravery changed two laws

2021 Dog World Changer
When Finn saved PC Dave Wardell’s life by bravely holding on to an attacker despite being stabbed, his case exposed how the law classed attempting to kill a police dog as just damage to property, rather than attempted murder. Finn inspired the change in law that now better protects all animals from cruelty.
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Jordan Shelley – ear cropping

2021 Dog World Changer
Dog trainer, Jordan Shelley, had rescued a dog who had cropped ears, but he started seeing celebrities and companies using imagery that glamorised this pointless brutality. So, he set about banning the import of cropped dogs.
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Debbie Matthews – pet theft and microchip reformer

2021 Dog World Changer
After Debbie's own dogs were stolen, she was shocked to discover that vets didn't update our details on the database, even if they chipped our dog, and that new customers’ dogs weren't scanned on the first appointment to see if they were stolen, making it very hard for chips to work as intended. She’s spent 15 years lobbying to change this; she will never give up.
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Stuart Simons & Julie Harris – Groomer’s Spotlight

2021 Dog World Changer
Stuart and Julie are bringing the importance of standards and accreditation into the dog grooming world. They are making it easier to find a good, experienced groomer and helping those with acquired skills to stand out from the crowd.
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Gill Hamilton – bloat campaign

2021 Dog World Changer
When Gill's beloved Dobermann suffered life-threatening bloat, she vowed to educate as many other owners as possible about the symptoms, as every second counts.
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Carol Fowler – Dog Breeders Reform Group

2021 Dog World Changer
Carol appeared in the documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed. Her Cavaliers suffered from a very painful condition that very few then knew about. She has worked tirelessly to encourage dog health reform.
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