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Dog rehoming centre's bid for memorial sculpture

PUBLISHED: 16:02 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:02 24 October 2019

The area the sculpture would be located in at Snetterton Dogs Trust. Picture: Dogs Trust

The area the sculpture would be located in at Snetterton Dogs Trust. Picture: Dogs Trust

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A dog rehoming centre could be getting a four-legged friend of a different kind.

An example of the sculpture. Picture: Dogs TrustAn example of the sculpture. Picture: Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust Snetterton has submitted planning permission to Breckland Council to install a 1.8-metre tall dog sculpture on which people will be able to place memorials for dog-lovers and pets.

The application has been made as the trust's 20 centres around the country receive a large number of 'in memory' donations in wills.

It also receives a high number of memorial plaque requests, with there being almost 900 in its centres.

In planning documents Samantha Davis, In Memory project manager, said: "Given the sensitive nature of the circumstances of these gifts, Dogs Trust considers it vital that these supporters feel appropriately catered for and their wishes fulfilled.

The memorial plaques that would be fixed to the sculpture. Pictures: Dogs TrustThe memorial plaques that would be fixed to the sculpture. Pictures: Dogs Trust

"Each centre receives high volumes of plaque requests to acknowledge these donations in the form of benches, stakes, gravestones, trees and ornaments.

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"Soon our centres will reach saturation and any additional plaques and associated furniture will be impossible."

The frame of the dog would be made out of steel rods in a mesh design standing at 1.8 metres tall and 2.5 metres long, and sitting on a concrete base.

It could hold "hundreds" of personalised memorial tags, which would be connected to the frame.

Ms Davis added: "We need to appropriately acknowledge the wonderful donations we receive through in memory and legacies, whilst keeping the functionality and operational integrity of our centres at the foreground.

"We believe that the addition of these sculptures will ensure a simpler and more efficient approach to acknowledging these donations, while safeguarding the remaining space we have, so that it is utilised most appropriately in the care and rehabilitation of thousands of dogs each year."

The sculpture would be located in an area of green space near its car park, which the charity said would give visitors an area in which to reflect.

Dogs Trust, which was founded in 1891, currently has a sculpture at its Basildon rehoming centre in Essex and hopes to install them at all its centres.

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