London stray dog numbers reach 13,000

There are thought to be over 13,000 stray dogs in London Credit: PA

Over a quarter of London dog owners will lose their pet at least once during the animal's lifetime according to research by the Dog's Trust. The number of stray and abandoned dogs in the capital is estimated to be more than 13,000 and last year over 1,000 strays had to be put to sleep.

The research also found that 73% of London dog owners were unaware that they only have seven days to recover a missing dog from a Local Authority before the pet is re-homed or put to sleep.

More than 10,000 dogs were however, successfully reunited with their owners with the help of microchips.