Staffordshire Bull and Jack Russell Terriers are two of the most seized or destroyed breeds in the south-east according to New analysis from Direct Line Pet Insurance.
UK councils have seized more than 36,670 stray dogs in the first eight months of this year. This equates to 151 dogs a day, six every hour or one every ten minutes.
Whether the dog is mistreated or abandoned, on average 135 dogs per council have been seized. Of those seized, Direct Line can reveal that 21,297 were returned to their original owners, 7,891 were rehomed with a new owner and 1,906 were disposed of.
For the south-east the top siezed dogs are: Jack Russell Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Lurcher.
The top three destroyed breeds are: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross.
A Direct Line Pet Insurance spokesperson commented that the findings raise questions about whether Britain really is a nation of dog lovers. The figures point to the mistreatment and abandonment of animals as 66,247 stray dogs were seized by local councils in Britain in 2014. This equates to an average of 246 dogs seized per council. Of the 66,247 stray dogs seized, 35,173 were returned to their original owners, 14,956 were rehomed with new owners and 4,231 were humanely destroyed.
“Direct Line Pet Insurance urges anyone considering buying a dog for Christmas to seriously consider the implications of having a dog, the costs involved and whether the recipient has the means to fully care for it.”
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