Scotland

Scotland's Stray Dog Survey shows 22% drop in strays

Stray dog in Manchester
Image caption The number of stray dogs picked up in Scotland has dropped dramatically

The number of stray dogs being picked up in Scotland has fallen by more than a fifth for the second year in a row, according to a survey.

The Dogs Trust commissioned the Stray Dog Survey that found the total number fell 22% to 3,525.

The charity said it believed the drop was due to better education, neutering and microchipping campaigns.

However, the Borders bucked the trend, recording a rise of almost 25% in the number picked up by the authorities.

On average, 10 dogs a day are picked up by local authorities in Scotland.

For the second year running, Scotland saw a far greater fall than the UK average.

'Huge step forward'

The UK stray dog figure was down 6% over the year to April, at 111,986.

Dogs Trust chief executive Clarissa Baldwin said across the UK almost 9,000 dogs were humanely destroyed each year.

She said: "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 and the fact that more dogs are being reunited with their owners because of microchips is a huge step forward."

Dogs Trust is the UK's largest dog welfare charity and cares for more than 16,000 dogs a year.

Its survey got responses from 325 local authorities across the UK.

It said that in cases where stray dogs were reunited with their owners, 40% were due to microchips.

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