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Southampton council 'left with very little choice' over putting down dogs
11:48am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
SOUTHAMPTON City Council has defended the number of dogs it has put down, saying irresponsible owners are leaving them in an impossible situation.
The council was forced to put down 45 strays in 2011/12 and another 36 in 2012/13.
Cllr Jacqui Rayment, lead member for environment, said the council was left with no choice where it had dogs that could not be rehomed.
She said: “I think it’s sad when any dog has to be put down, but obviously if we’re having a number of dogs that for whatever reason we can’t rehome or aren’t claimed it’s difficult to know what else to do with them.
“We find ourselves in that invidious position. I’m sure it’s not taken lightly and I would expect it to be after all avenues have been investigated.”
A council spokesman said dogs are only ever put to sleep based on veterinary advice or on temperament.
“The council is in a no-win situation whatever happens,” added Cllr Rayment.
“The council has to pick up other people’s problems.
“It’s down to irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to roam free that aren’t chipped or in the current climate are dumping their dogs because they can’t afford them instead of taking them to proper places like shelters.”
The Dogs Trust, which did a survey of stray dogs picked up by local authorities across the UK, has urged dog owners to ensure their pets are microchipped and neutered.
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