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South West dogs have longer walks than national average

Peter Andre is supporting an RSPCA challenge to raise money for animals in need. Photo: RSPCA

Dogs living in the South West are more likely to have longer walks than the national average, according to a new survey.

The survey of more than 3,000 dog-owners across the country was carried out by the RSPCA.

It showed that 38% of West Country dogs have a walk of longer than an hour, compared to 35% nationally.

The RSPCA is launching a challenge to get people walking 10,000 steps a day to raise money for animals in need.

RSPCA’s Big Walkies challenge in October, which invites people to walk 10,000 steps a day, with or without a dog, to raise money for animals in need.

Other results from the survey:

of dogs in the region have three walks a day
of dogs go out for a walk at least twice a day
aren’t walked at all

Animal-lovers who sign up to My Big Walkies will pledge to walk at least 10,000 steps a day - approximately five miles - with or without their dog throughout October while being sponsored to do so.

If they complete the challenge animal lover will have clocked up 155 miles in October - the same as walking from Penzance to Glastonbury.

Animal loving star Peter Andre says it is important to repay animals for the happiness they bring.

Sadly there are many dogs which are ill-treated every day and the RSPCA works incredibly hard to combat animal cruelty.

– Peter Andre
Peter Andre says people should look after animals. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA has published a list of 'Five Top Dog-Walking Locations In The South West':

  • Mount Edgecumbe Country Park, Devon
  • Porth Kidney, Cornwall
  • Savernake Forest, Wiltshire
  • Dunster Beach, Somerset
  • Castle Neroche, Somerset