116,000 Reasons to change the law
That’s how many stray and abandoned dogs local authorities in the UK rounded up last year.
In the same period nearly 9,500 perfectly innocent dogs were euthanised for no other reason than they were not wanted.
Who are we?
The Dog Rescue Federation is made up of voluntary dog rescue groups operating across the UK.
These groups have joined together as a Federation because they all face the same problems:
•Unregulated back street breeders churning out puppies for profit.
•Unsold puppies being given away to unchecked and unsuitable homes.
•A constant flow of unwanted and abandoned dogs into pounds.
•Dog owners not spaying or neutering their dogs.
•Dogs not micro-chipped or microchip information not being kept up-to-date.
Summary figures from our report
- The estimated number of stray dogs handled by local authorities during the 12 months period ending 30 September 2013 was 116,141.
- In round figures, approximately 53,700 of these dogs were re-united with their owners, leaving 62,500 (54%) unclaimed.
- An estimated 9,500 dogs were euthanised at local authority cost during the 12 months period. That represented about 1 in 12 of all strays handled and almost 1 in 6 of all unclaimed dogs.
- The most common reasons given by local authorities for euthanising dogs were aggression (43%), ill health (37%) and breed type (33%).
- 43% of councils claimed not to have euthanised dogs under their control.