Dog show organisers are looking to the future after their annual event went without a hitch.
Cleadon Kennels say threats by protesters failed to make an impact and they are looking forward to the future and hosting next year’s event.
Trouble had brewed at the site after they had been warned protesters planned to prevent the show from happening.
They claimed the kennels were putting dogs at risk after news broke of two dogs having to be put down because of Parvo virus.
The kennels were given a clean bill of health prior to the show being held by South Tyneside Council’s environmental health team.
As a further precaution, owners John and Lorraine Carr, also moved the event to an adjacent field.
The show has been helping to raise funds for the kennels, which takes in and rehomes stray dogs for the past 10 years, and was hailed a success by its owners.
Mrs Carr said: “The dog show was a tremendous success and we would like to thank all who came along and supported us.
“We’d also like to thank the sponsors of all 11 classes which were held, and to Lanchester Dairies who sponsored best in show, which was won by Rene and Ollie.
“The support we received made everything worth while, we are now looking forward to next year’s show.
“Thank you once again from all at Cleadon Kennels.”
The kennels were thrown into turmoil earlier this year after it became the subject of an online petition calling for Sunderland City Council to cancel their contract, over alleged mistreatment of dogs.
The kennels were checked by officers from South Tyneside Council resulting in “no findings that would suggest any contraventions of welfare legislation”.
Cleadon Kennels is open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, between 2pm and 4pm to view the dogs.
Anyone interested in rehoming a dog, it costs £50 and they get the dog on a 28-day trial.