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Stray dog numbers falling

Stray dog numbers are falling Photo: ITV News Anglia

Fifteen stray dogs are being picked up in our region every day according to the Dog's Trust.

But the overall number of strays has decreased by 29 per cent since last year from 7,648 in 2012 to 5,419 in 2013. This reflects the national trend which has also seen a reduction of strays being picked up. Microchipping, education and neutering are helping although nationally 9,000 dogs were put to sleep by local authorities - the equivalent of one dog every hour.

Clarissa Baldwin from the Dog's Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, said:

"Whilst it is encouraging to see that the number of stray dogs has fallen, with nearly 112,000 dogs still being collected by Local Authorities and nearly 9,000 of these put to sleep - there is clearly still a problem." "We work very closely with Local Authorities who should be commended on their efforts to encourage responsible dog ownership, which is reflected in the reduction in strays. They do not want to put dogs to sleep but they are struggling to cope with such huge numbers of dogs in a difficult economic climate. Simple steps such as microchipping can help prevent accidental strays and the fact that more dogs are being reunited with their owners because of microchips is a huge step forward."

"We are delighted with the Government's commitment to introduce compulsory microchipping by 2016."