Birmingham Dogs' Home plans to move to Solihull

Architects image of new dogs' home The new dogs' home will be able to look after 150 lost and abandoned dogs at a time

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Birmingham Dogs' Home wants to move out of the city and relocate to the outskirts of Solihull.

The charity has proposed to close its kennels on New Bartholomew Street, Digbeth, and open a bigger £5m centre on land off Catherine-de-Barnes Lane.

Plans to develop the 12.5 acres (five hectares) have been submitted to the borough council and, if successful, the charity hopes to move in by 2015.

A second site in Wolverhampton will not be affected by the development.

The charity, founded in 1892, looks after about 4,500 stray dogs each year across the two sites and general manager Simon Price said a lack of space was the reason behind the proposed move from Digbeth.

'Battered facilities'

Mr Price said: "This site was developed in 1987 and has done a great job for the dogs home.

"The location is excellent but unfortunately we suffer from a lack of exercise space.

"The facilities, with the number of dogs taken in, it's taken a bit of a battering."

Mr Price added the decision to leave Birmingham was made after unsuccessful attempts to find an affordable alternative within the city.

The charity hopes to begin building the new site next year with the project expected to last a year.

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