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
Did you know the police, and animal charities, can no longer deal with stray dogs?
It's up to local authorities - and South Lakeland District Council has been trying to raise awareness of this, and what makes a responsible dog owner.