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MISSING MUTTS: New data reveals number of stray dogs found by St Albans council

 Published on: 19th June 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

New data from St Albans City & District Council (SACDC) shows the number of stray dogs that have been found and collected by the council during the past four years.

Based on new information gained through a freedom of information request, between April 2019 and March 2023, 134 dogs which were either lost or abandoned were located by authorities in the city.

There was a considerable drop in the number of dogs located between April 2020 and March 2021, with only 23 being reported. This was a period of time which was dominated by two long periods of social distancing and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The period with most lost/abandoned dogs discovered was April 2021 to March 2022.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “It is always sad to hear that animals have not been claimed or sadly abandoned – and heartbreakingly this is something that the RSPCA is seeing more of.

“In the first five months of 2023, 7,700 incidents of abandonment were reported to the RSPCA’s emergency line – a substantial increase on the first five months of 2022.

“We do believe this is in part a result of rising costs on pet owners.”

SACDC declined to comment.

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