Sarah Gleave Designs New Kennel Evacuation Lead in Response to the Manchester Dogs’ Home Fire.
Ishbel Johnson of Abbey Saddlery writes a short feature about the reasons Sarah has taken on this project and what makes this safety lead different from other leads…Written 2nd October 2014
Abbey donate webbing to aid project.
What is your occupation?
Boarding Kennel Owner, Owner Meg Heath Dog Leads.
Please tell us about your project?
The Meg Heath ‘Kennel Evacuation Lead’ was designed in the aftermath of the Manchester Dogs’ Home fire in September 2014. It followed a re-evaluation of my own fire evacuation plan that is a condition for Boarding Kennels in the UK and decided that my existing plan, albeit suitable, could be improved by designing a simple lead. I have however drawn up some guidelines for its safe & responsible use.
The kennel evacuation lead has been produced to be given free of charge to be used in Kennel based dog rescue centres in the UK as a means of safe evacuation and supervised tethering in the event of fire. All materials have been donated and the cost of shipping has been covered by Sponsors. Supply requests are at the discretion of Meg Heath Dog Leads.
Why have you taken on the project?
To provide a lead that rescues can use FOC in the event of an emergency to safely evacuate dogs from a kennel block.
What materials have you used?
Webbing and trigger hooks.
How many leads are you making?
As many as time and sponsorship dictates.
Who are you donating the leads to?
3 kennel based dog charities in Lincolnshire to start with, then moving further afield.