Record number of dogs to be put down
According to BBC One, the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home had to put down a third of all dogs taken in last year. In an investigation carried out by BBC it results that the cost of lost and abandoned pets reached in 2009 over £11 million.
The Battersea Dogs & Cats Home policy aim not to turn away a dog that comes to the charity, however the problem of strays has become a serious issue along the UK. The charity has managed to reunite the dogs with their owners or find new home for stray canines, however, a third of all dogs had to be put to sleep. The charity Dogs Trust has estimated that a stray dog is put down every hour.
The UK's biggest animal charity, the RSPCA, is also feeling the pressure says Tim Wass, the Chief Officer of the RSPCA inspectorate. Irresponsible dog ownership is now so severe that the RSPCA, Battersea and the Metropolitan Police in London are calling on the Government to act.
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