Charity urges government to help tackle problem of stray dogs

Monday, 10th September 2012

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is urging the government to tackle the problem of stray dogs, as new research shows 325 dogs are picked up every day in the UK.

The Annual Stray Dogs Survey revealed that, while the number of strays has dropped since last year, many Local Authorities do not record stray dog numbers, so the figures do not show the full extent of the problem.

Claire Horton, chief executive of Battersea, said: "Battersea is urging the Government to put some quality thinking into a national plan to quantify and tackle the strays issue.

"We need them to find a way to support Local Authorities' dog services so we can get a proper understanding of the number of stray dogs in the UK, as far too many Local Authorities are struggling to cope."

She added that until every Local Authority is able to keep a record of the number of strays taken in, we will not know the full extent of the problem.

The research showed that a large proportion of the stray dogs picked up are 'status dogs' such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

This problem was highlighted in the recent ITV show Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs, which showed a dog called Sparkle brought in.

Sparkle was one of the worst cases of neglect that the charity had witnessed for over 20 years.