345 dogs now abandoned every day in Britain
Animal welfare experts have revealed that 345 dogs are being abandoned every day in Britain as more pet owners and pet insurance policy holders come under financial strain.
According to the Dogs Trust, the number of dogs being abandoned as strays has reached record levels. So much so that 20 dogs are being put down every day as animal charities cannot afford to rehome and care for the large volume of incoming strays.
The Dogs Trust has reported that many home owners have abandoned their pets as they can no longer afford to care for them. A significant number are also abandoning pets with expensive medical conditions that would usually be covered under a standard pet insurance policy.
Some recession-hit home owners have also unwillingly given-up their animals to the care of charities, after down-sizing to cheaper rented accommodation owned by landlords who expressly forbid tenants to keep pets within the property.
The animal welfare charity has also revealed that many pet owners have abandoned their pets as they have come to view dogs as status symbols or fashion accessories, with more Staffordshire bull terriers, pugs and Chihuahuas being abandoned than before.
Clarissa Baldwin, chief executive of the Dogs Trust, has explained that the charity plans to lobby government officials to create a new special charter for landlords which will encourage them to allow tenants to keep pets.
Ms Baldwin said: “The economic crisis lies at the root of the problem. We are seeing quite a number of older dogs coming in with medical problems. They are obviously loved dogs and then suddenly people find they can’t afford to look after them properly.
“We have people coming to us in tears because they are being forced to leave their house and struggling to find anywhere that will allow dogs in.
“Amazingly people are still buying these dogs without being able to afford them.”
She added: “There is a big element of the throw away society where people are treating dogs like a pair of shoes or a handbag.”
Tue, 06 Sep 2011 02:12:00 GMT