Dogs Trust concerned about number of status dogs being abandoned

Monday, 17th September 2012

The Dogs Trust has issued a plea after its annual Stray Dogs Survey revealed that there were some 118,932 dogs abandoned in the UK last year.

According to the nation's largest dog welfare charity, this equates to 325 stray dogs being found and picked up by local authorities every day during the past 12 months.

A significant proportion of these animals that were abandoned in London and other cities were breeds deemed as "status dogs", a list that includes Bull breeds, Rottweilers and Akitas.

In Greater London alone, the number of status dogs being picked up has increased by a staggering 148 per cent in the past year.

Expressing concern about the number of these animals being abandoned, Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the Dogs Trust, said that Bull breeds and other status animals can make "wonderful pets".

She added: "Dogs Trust works hard to promote responsible dog ownership offering free microchipping and subsidised neutering to try to tackle the problem."