A recent survey shows an increase in the numbers of stray dogs on the streets of Britain
The number of stray dogs roaming Britain’s streets has increased for the first time in six years, according to a survey conducted by MORI and published by the National Canine Defence League (NCDL) and the National Dog Wardens Association (NDWA).
The report shows that the number of stray dogs in the UK between April 2001 and March 2002, was up 3% on the previous year to 117,564.
“We are horrified that more dogs have been left to wander the streetsthis year, especially as the figure had been falling,” says Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the NCDL
However it’s not all bad news – the survey also found that number of dogs being put to sleep after the statutory seven day period had dropped 13% from 14,787 to 12,932.
The NCDL believes this is as a result of councils and welfare centres working hard to find dogs new homes.
The survey found that London retained its position as having the lowest number of strays, while Northern Ireland hadthe highest.
“Promoting responsible dog ownership, such as neutering and microchipping schemes, will help curb this rise in stray population,” says Mark Berrill, spokesperson for the NDWA
Many animal wardens interviewed for the survey expressed their frustration at collecting dogs without any form of identification, such as a collar or microchip.
In an attempt to combat this problem, the NCDL has invested million of pounds in a neutering and microchipping campaign in areas with the highest number of strays.
Northern Ireland, the North East, North West and Wales all have a reduced rate or free service.
To date the NCDL has successfully microchipped nearly 48,000 dogs and neutered nearly 74,000.
For more information on rehoming a stray in your area contact the NCDL (tel: 020 7837 0006) or visit: www.ncdl.co.uk
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