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The 2012 annual Stray Dogs Survey released today by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, reveals a shocking 118,932* stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by Local Authorities across the UK over the last 12 months, equating to a staggering 325 stray dogs being found every day.

Local authorities were then asked to provide details on what happened to the stray dogs taken in between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2012.
An estimated 47% of stray dogs were reunited with their owners between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2012, either by being reclaimed during the statutory local authority kennelling period (34%) or by being returned directly to their owner without entering a kennel (13%). These figures have remained in line with last year’s estimates.
The estimated number of stray dogs re-homed by local authorities across the UK has risen from 8,112 in 2011 to 10,212 this year. This represents 9% of the total number of estimated strays, compared with 6% last year. A quarter (24%) of strays were passed on to welfare organisations or dog kennels after the statutory period. This proportion remains the same as last year and is in line with estimates over the last 10 years.
The estimated proportion of stray dogs being put to sleep remains at 7%. This is still one of the lowest destruction figures recorded since the Stray Dogs survey began in 1997. This year 6,900 stray dogs were reported as having been put to sleep by authorities taking part in this survey, compared with 7,700 last year. From this figure we can estimate that approximately 8,903 dogs were put to sleep across the UK during the period of 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012.
Amongst the authorities responding, details were given for around half of reported destructions. It was reported that 1,924 dogs were put to sleep due to behavioural problems or aggression, 1,067 due to ill health, and 575 under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
This year’s survey again included a number of questions about ‘status dogs’. The media often refers to ‘status dogs’ as those whose looks or breed type are thought to convey a particular impression of their owner - such as Bull breeds, Rottweilers, Akitas or Crosses of these. These questions were not asked of authorities in Northern Ireland.
Across the 301 authorities in Great Britain 22,185 ‘status dogs’ were reported as having been handled between 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012. This accounts for 23% of all strays reported in Great Britain, although some authorities did not provide figures. This figure has almost doubled since last year when 11,099 status dogs were reported; a figure which accounted for 12% of stray dogs reported in Great Britain in 2011.
A reported 1,848 (8%) ‘status dogs’ were reportedly put to sleep during this period due to aggression; a figure that has also risen from 660 (6%) last year.

Please click this link for the full survey

Dogs Trust - Stray Dog Survey
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