Recession is loading Plymouth streets with more abandoned dogs
"There has been a spate of Staffordshire bull terriers being abandoned and I am sure that is down to the economic situation," Malcolm Orchard, a South Hams District Council warden, said quoted by This is Plymouth.
With a waiting list of more than a 100 dogs and a similar number of cats, the pet rescue centres are feeling a huge pressure this summer, especially with the Staffordshire bull terriers and other terriers’ breeds.
Mr Orchard is launching a chipping campaign in partnership with Animals in Distress at Ipplepen (phone 01803 812121) to coincide with National Microchip Awareness Month to encourage owners. "The problem is that some owners do not take the time to check on what becoming a dog owner really means," he said.
With this campaign they will offer microchips to any dogs through June and July for £5 – ending on the July 28. The microshipping allows, if a pet goes missing, and has no collar or identification, a kennel to charge £160 for collecting and housing the dog and £12 a day kennel fees on top.
Source: This is Plymouth
Photo: Gemma Longman