Concern has been raised over the number of dogs being abandoned after new figures revealed that there has been an 85pc increase in stray cases in East Anglia over the last four years.

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The Dogs Trust, which has a rehoming centre in Norfolk, said the figures highlighted the pressure the charity was under to find new homes for unwanted pets.

Results from the 16th annual stray dog survey reveal that local authorities in East Anglia dealt with 7,648 cases in 2012 compared to 4,126 in 2008, equating to 20 dogs being picked up each day. The overall number of strays collected in the UK was 118,932, an increase of 23pc on 2008.

Officials from the Dogs Trust partly blamed the trend of people in urban areas buying “status dogs” like Rottweilers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Kate Brewster, supporter relations officer at Dogs Trust Snetterton, said the latest figures made for “depressing” reading.

“Many of these dogs will end up with rescue centres such as Dogs Trust. Dogs Trust works closely with local authorities and runs extensive education, neutering and microchipping campaigns to help them to tackle the issue of stray dogs. Local authorities should be congratulated for all of their hard work in a very difficult climate, but there is a long way still to go.”

“At any one time around 50pc of the dogs in the care of Dogs Trust were abandoned and left to fend for themselves. The charity is urging the dog-loving public to consider giving an unwanted stray or abandoned dog a second chance,” she said.

The 2012 survey was conducted by market research company GfK NOP who mailed questionnaires to all 377 local authorities in England and Wales. Dogs Trust cares for over 16,000 dogs a year through its network of 18 rehoming centres.

The charity has written to Defra ministers to update them on the rise in numbers of abandoned “status” dogs and is urging them to consider compulsory microchipping as a way to help identify irresponsible owners.

6 comments

  • It is an extremely sad story that so many dogs are being abandoned at this time. However, I lay part of the blame at the door of the vets. Vet bills are so high now that they are impossible to meet for a large number of people. £1000- for an X-ray is normal. Insuring your pet is also outrageous with premiums as high as £35 per month for a dog which has never had any claims before and is perfectly healthy and who has reached old age. And that includes an exclusion clause for up to the first £100. Un til vets act responsibly and reduce their prices, charging up to £35 minimum for 7 pills in a bottle, you will continue to get stray dogs as people can no longer afford to keep them.

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    maryjane

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • Plenty of stray dogs on King Street at 2am Sunday morning.

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    wes1975

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • All dogs should be microchipped by law.

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    LittleEnoch

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

  • i read that dog population has doubled to 10 million in the last 5 years.not a good thing.noisy on certain estates.

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    bookworm

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • I agree that Vets need to reduce their fees and stop trying to make huge profits out of animal lovers. It is quite disgusting how much they charge and needs looking into. People also need to see beyond having a cute puppy, as it soon grows up and it had needs!

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    Jane Bradley

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • There should be an aggressive spay and neuter program. Do not get a dog if you can not afford it and please don't let it get as bad as it is in the US where hundreds of dogs are put down every month at even the smallest shelters. Only about 5% are ever adopted out. It will snowball if not addressed right away.

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    Diana B

    Friday, September 7, 2012

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