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Most stray dogs 'haven't been dumped'

One of the residents of Wetheral Animal Refuge. Credit: ITV Border

More than 1,000 dogs have been abandoned in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders in the last year.

Staff at Wetheral Animal Refuge say there are a variety of reasons dogs lose their homes:

It's really sad that so many dogs lose their home and for some it's a real trauma but the vast majority of the stray dogs we get haven't been dumped.

They may have been lost, jumped out of the car or gone wandering or the family circumstances have changed."

– Colin Powell, Wetheral Animal Refuge


Stray dogs cost Carlisle City Council £70,000 per year

The number of stray dogs is costly for the council. Credit: PA

The number of dogs abandoned in Carlisle in the last year has been revealed, along with the total cost to the city council.

Dogs collected
Dogs claimed
Dogs not claimed
Rough cost to council per year

It is a year on year problem so it seems to be about the mentality of people keeping pets and not realising that they are a long term commitment that requires time and effort on their part.

It's that sort of education we work on with animal charities."

– Scott Burns, Environmental Health Manager, Carlisle City Council

South of Scotland league fixtures

This weekend's South of Scotland League fixtures (3pm kick offs):

  • Abbey Vale v Lochar Thistle
  • Creetown v Upper Annandale
  • Crichton v Newton Stewart
  • Dumfries Ymca v Fleet Star
  • Edusport Academy v Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • Nithsdale Wanderers v Mid Annandale

Tuesday 6th October 2015:

  • Newton Stewart v Crichton - Kick Off 7.30pm

Wednesday 7th October 2015:

  • Abbey Vale v Upper Annandale
  • Edusport Academy v Nithsdale Wanderers
  • Heston Rovers v Creetown
  • Mid Annandale v Fleet Star
  • St Cuthbert Wanderers v Dumfries Ymca

REVEALED: number of dogs abandoned in Border region

Thousands of dogs are abandoned every year. Credit: PA

The number of dogs abandoned in Cumbria and the south of Scotland over the last year has been revealed.

According to the Stray Dog Survey more than five dogs are abandoned every hour across the UK, but the number of abandonments in the Border region has dropped.

The figures also show that local authorities across the UK put down more than 5,000 dogs.

Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders:

  • 1,014 stray dogs picked up in 2015 - 28% fewer than 2014
  • 588 were reunited with their owners
  • 426 of these stray dogs were left unclaimed


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Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw expects the Scottish Borders to 'empty out' on Saturday as fans flock to Newcastle for the Rugby World Cup.

Thousands of supporters are expected to travel south of border to see the Scots play South Africa at St James' Park. Laidlaw, who attended school in Jedburgh, says many fans from the Borders will be among them.

Speaking at today's team announcement, he said:

I think there'll be a big, big support coming down from Scotland, specifically the Borders.

The people I've spoken to back home are all very excited. Hopefully there won't be many people left in the Borders and it will kind of empty out for the weekend.

– Greig Laidlaw, Scotland captain

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Pride of Britain finalist: 'I'm just a wee guy from Dumfries'

Michael Pattie, the fundraiser from Dumfries who was ITV Border's Pride of Britain winner, has been speaking about the night of the awards ceremony.

He rubbed shoulders with celebrities like Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at the event, which celebrates Britain's most selfless fundraisers:

I've always said I'm just a wee guy from a little town in south west Scotland.

To be down in London in the big city at a huge event was very surreal but incredibly enjoyable, and we had a great time."

– Michael Pattie

Michael Pattie has raised more than £300,000 for meningitis research charities.

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