Death Row Dogs
The poundies’ plight
Tens of thousands of dogs are killed in the UK & Ireland every year due to lack of homes.
The nation's dogs need our help.
Did you know that every year, over 100,000 stray dogs are recorded to have been collected by local authorities in the UK?
According to a survey conducted on behalf of the charity Dogs Trust in 2009, of those collected over 9,000 dogs were destroyed unnecessarily*.
On average, that’s 21 DOGS DESTROYED EVERY DAY. And this is just from Local Authority pounds. Many more thousands are destroyed by non ‘no-kill’ rescues every year.
And with around 30,000 dogs from the pounds going in to rescue care every year, not every dog has a smooth journey to their new forever home, if they find one at all.
* In some cases a dog may be put to sleep due to injury or ill health.
The stray situation
Many people are not aware of (or do not take the time to care about) the frightening situation facing pound dogs in the UK.
Approximately 100,000 strays are taken in every year by local authorities. On average, 11 stray and unwanted dogs an hour are handled by local authorities and every year over 7,000 of these dogs are put to sleep for want of a home*.
The problem in Ireland is even worse. Read this 2004 article ‘Saving the Irish Strays’ over on the BBC website for some eye opening information.
“In Ireland a dog’s destroyed every five minutes every day, except Sunday… A huge percentage of Ireland’s unwanted dogs are destroyed, 87 percent. In the UK that number is only 14 percent.”
On top of that, reports from some of the UK’s largest animal rescue organisations state that they too are putting thousands of dogs to sleep every year.
- Too many people are breeding dogs
- Too many people are buying puppies instead of going to a rescue
- Too many people are abandoning their dogs
Many of the popular breeds (Staffies, Rotties, German Shepherds, etc.) are being horrendously overbred by people looking to make some easy money, or by hobby breeders who don't do their research (or simply don't care) about the overbreeding problem in the UK.
Puppies are wonderful (I’m sure many people will agree!) But to continue breeding any of the breeds that are overflowing in rescues, whether it’s for money, for your own enjoyment, or just because ‘she has to have one litter at least’—is contributing to the deaths of all of these thousands of dogs.
The law on stray dogs
UK law states that after a stray dog is picked up it must serve 7 days with the local authorities (5 days in Ireland) during which time it may be reclaimed by its owners. If no-one comes forward to claim the dog, the Authorities then have the legal right to destroy it.
Some dogs are simply ‘signed over’ to the pound by their owners, in which case the dog can be euthanised, rehomed from the pound or signed over to a rescue at any time within the 7 days.
As you can imagine this means that rescue workers and volunteers have to work to extremely urgent deadlines to save the dogs before they are due to be euthanised and it’s a heartbreaking job for anyone involved. Unfortunately, rescue spaces or funds for emergency boarding can’t always be found in time to save a dog’s life.
Luckily, some pounds work with rescues to make sure as many dogs are saved as possible, but sadly not all do.