The manager of the Dog Trust Leeds Amanda Sands talks about the increasing number of strays being picked up in the region and the need for responsible dog ownership.
New figures show the number of people wanting to adopt dogs in our region has dropped by 6% since last year.
Animal charities say the situation is becoming critical in many kennels with problems re-homing dogs and more animals coming in. Difficulties rehoming older animals and breeds with a bad reputation are making the situation worse.
- 32% rise in dogs abandoned in first quarter of 2013 compared to 2012.
- Over half of pets whose owners break up are abandoned after couple can't decide who should keep the pet.
- 6% drop in interest in adopting a dog in Yorkshire
- York showed a 20% decrease in interest in adopting a dog.
- Lincoln showed a 15% decrease in interest in adopting a dog.
- Sheffield showed a 8% decrease in interest in adopting a dog.
- Leeds showed a 3% decrease in interest in adopting a dog.
Statistics from DogsBlog.com
New figures show people wanting to adopt dogs have dropped in our region by 6% since last year.
Animal charities say the situation is becoming critical in many kennels with problems re-homing dogs. And some dogs like Biff are proving extra hard to re-home because of his breed.
Other reasons are adding to the problems too though with older dogs and very active dogs finding it hard to get new owners.
But as national dog adoption month kicks off its supporters say there is some hope for dogs like Biff.
Ryan O'Meara from Canine Magazine said: "Last dog adoption month we saw an increase of 227%. Now anything even getting close to that would be fantastic."
A dog rescue centre in North Lincolnshire is holding an open day on Sunday.
The mistreatment of animals in the UK has risen by over a third this year, and Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Broughton, near Brigg, aims to re-home dogs that have been abandoned or neglected.
The open day will include a fun dog show, dog demonstrations, a rescue dog parade, Pooches’ Patisserie (baked treats for dogs), canine massage, Pet Pawtraits - doggy photography - and behavioural advice.
– Centre manager Lynne Vincent
“The day is all about educating the public about rescue dogs and ensuring that people understand how to care for their dog.
“Prospective dog owners must understand key aspects of dog handling including food and nutrition. Caring for a dog is a huge responsibility.”
Open days at the North Lincolnshire centre have always been popular with the public and Jerry Green Dog Rescue is hoping this year’s event will be no different."
Police are urging dog owners not to leave their pets trapped in hot vehicles. The warning comes after police received a number of calls over the weekend from concerned members of the public.
Lincolnshire Police have urged dog owners to take care not to leave their animals in unattended cars amid forecasts of soaring temperatures in coming days and weeks.
The appeal was made after officers were called out to three dogs in an unattended vehicle in the Seaways Caravan site near Skegness , shortly after midday today. The dogs - a huskie and two German Shepherds - were all unhurt.
The RSPCA advises owners not to leave dogs alone in cars, and that cracking open a window is not enough to ensure their safety.
They added that temperatures can quickly soar inside a vehicle, even when it isn’t that hot outside.
– RSPCA spokesman
It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it’s not that warm. In fact, when it’s 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes."
Over 13 million pets in the UK are regularly given fatty and sugary treats, including takeaways, crisps and cakes, leading to more and more animals are becoming overweight.
But now a leading veterinary charity is trying to tackle to the problem by launching a national DIET competition. And one competitor from our region has a lot of lose- nearly half his body weight as Sarah Clark reports.
A dog from Hull is hoping to become the biggest loser in the PDSA's national slimming completion, Pet Fit Club.
Toby tips the scales at six stone six pounds, almost two thirds more than he should weigh. He's among 20 other pets who need to lose a total of 30 stone to hit their target weights. According to PDSA nurse Helen Darnell animal obesity is on the rise.
The PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report found:
- 13.5 million UK regularly receive fatty and sugary treats such as takeaways, crisps and cakes
- 48% of owners give their pets treats because of the short-term happiness it appears to give their animal companions
- 29% of owners feed treats because it makes them feel happy
- 61% of pet owners think severely overweight pets should be removed from an owner who persistently ignores veterinary advice