Under consideration PE2058: Require all dog boarding kennels to install smoke detectors, smoke alarms and sprinkler systems
Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to improve fire safety within dog boarding kennels by mandating the installation of smoke detectors, smoke alarms and sprinkler systems.
Previous action taken
I have raised the issue with my list MSPs who have all responded to me. Pauline McNeill MSP has raised the matter with the Minister for Community Safety, Siobhan Brown MSP is asking for consideration of increased safety requirements. Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP has also written to the Scottish Government. I was recommended by the other MSPS to start the petition.
My dog Monty and 4 other dogs tragically perished in a fire at the boarding kennels they were staying at in June this year. The kennels had a fire extinguisher on site which is all that is currently required under current legislation, but there were no smoke detectors/alarms to alert anyone to the fire which happened during the night. There were also no sprinklers in place as this is not a requirement. By the time the alarm was raised and the Fire Department were called to scene, a few hours had passed and by then all the animals had tragically perished. I want safety standard within boarding kennels improved to at least have smoke alarms and early detection systems in place to try and ensure this does not happen again. I would not want any other family to go through what we have all had to go through knowing our beloved pets died in such horrendous circumstances.