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Southampton City Council forced to kill 45 stray dogs a year
A DOGS charity is pleading with owners in Southampton to get their pets microchipped after shock figures revealed city authorities killed 45 strays in 12 months.
Latest statistics from the Dogs Trust show that Southampton City Council saw the number of strays rise from 418 to 441 last year – forcing them to put down 45.
With almost one dog a week put to sleep in the city, the charity is urging owners to take more responsibility for their pets in a bid to slash the rising number of unnecessary deaths.
The number of stray and abandoned dogs being picked up on the streets across the south has shot up by ten per cent during the last 12 months – with 9,200 without homes last year.
This goes against the national trend, which has seen a six per cent fall in the number of strays found by local authorities.
And it comes despite the charity working with local authorities to try and encourage responsible dog ownership by getting owners to microchip their animals and neutering them to prevent unwanted litters.
The alarming number of strays put down in Southampton is not repeated across the rest of Hampshire, with the annual survey revealing that Eastleigh and Fareham borough councils both managed to cope without having to take drastic action.
New Forest District Council revealed that it picked up 231 dogs last year, compared to 243 in 2011/12, but it still had to put down four dogs.
Jo Blake, from the Dogs Trust, said: “Sadly, this year’s Stray Dog Survey represents depressing news for the Meridian region’s dogs, with the total number of strays increasing, despite the commendable effort made by local authorities and welfare charities to promote responsible dog ownership.
“The Meridian region accounts for many of the dogs which were put to sleep by local authorities across the UK in the past year.
“Dogs Trust hopes these alarming figures will remind dog owners to ensure their dog is microchipped and the details kept up to date to improve the chances of being reunited with the dog should they stray.
“Local authorities do not want to put dogs to sleep, but they are struggling to cope with huge numbers of strays.
“We hope to continue our existing work with local authorities through our extensive education, neutering and microchipping campaigns to help them tackle the issue of stray dogs.”
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