Hyde Park saw an amazing display of animal aquatics today. Twenty Newfoundland dogs and their handlers were showing off their life saving skills in the water, plucking swimmers from the Serpentine.It was all to help raise money for charity. Piers Hopkirk went along to see them in action.
Figures from authorities across London show that three stray dogs are put to sleep every day.
– Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust chief executive
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.
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.
The results go against the national average which has shown a 6% decrease in the total number of strays collected in the UK.
James White, Campaigns Manager for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has told ITV London that he welcome today's announcement in which owners of dangerous dogs could face between ten years and life in prison over attacks.
Proposals for a new law could see the owners of dangerous dogs jailed for life. The plans come after a report published by a charity revealed that attacks on guide dogs are at an all time high of ten every month.
Lucrezia Millarini reports:
Kevin Nugent's dog Orlando was attacked in Wembley last May by a 'dangerous' dog. The owner of the attacking dog carried on walking and disappeared. Orlando was rushed to the vets where they found eight severe puncture wounds to his neck.
Under new government proposals, owners of dangerous dogs could face life in prison.
Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne has told ITV News that owners of killer dogs could receive life sentences for failing to control their vicious pet – a significant leap from the current maximum jail term of two years.
The owners of killer dogs could face life in prison - a huge leap from the current maximum of two years - under new proposals.
The proposals come as a report published by Guide Dogs in June this year revealed attacks by other dogs on guide dogs are at an all-time high of 10 a month.
Paul Brand reported on an incident involving a dangerous dog in June 2012.
A seal has been captured on video playing with a dog on the banks of the Thames.
The footage, shot by owner Nicola White near Greenwich, shows the seal and dog happily interacting for around 5 minutes.