Rise in stray dogs in London

The total number of stray dogs in London has gone up from 13,832 in 2012 to 14,004 in 2013. That works out at 38 dogs being picked up each day by Local Authorities.

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Three dogs 'put to sleep every day' across London

Figures from authorities across London show that three stray dogs are put to sleep every day.

We work very closely with local authorities who should be commended on their efforts to encourage responsible dog ownership.

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.

The fact that more dogs are being reunited with their owners because of microchips is a huge step forward.

– Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust chief executive

Rise in the number of stray dogs across London

The total number of stray dogs in London has gone up from 13,832 in 2012 to 14,004 in 2013. That works out at 38 dogs being picked up every day by Local Authorities.

Today's figures have been released by the Dogs Trust annual stray dog survey Credit: Press Association

The results go against the national average which has shown a 6% decrease in the total number of strays collected in the UK.

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