Stray dog numbers increase by more than 100 per cent

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The number of stray dogs picked up by local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber has risen by 109% since 2008 according to a survey by the Dogs Trust. Figures were at their lowest regional data was recorded in 2004; increasing from 4,119 in 2008 to 8,606 in 2012. The latest figures equate to 23 dogs being picked up by local authorities in the region every day. The survey also reveals that in Yorkshire & the Humber, 1,980 of the stray dogs that were picked up were breeds deemed 'status dogs' by the media.