Britain's Unwanted Pets - join our discussion
Panorama's Tom Heap offers the following thoughts on tonight's Panorama: Britain's Unwanted Pets.
No one likes talking about about putting dogs down.
The reality is that some animal welfare charities don't like to dwell on such a sad subject out of concern that it might discourage vital donors from dipping in to their pockets.
They are fed up of using the needle to destroy society's problem of unwanted dogs. At some risk, they have decided to open up.
What I have seen at Battersea, with the RSPCA and individual animal rescue charities around the country is enormous efforts being made to find new lives and homes for dogs in their care.
There will no doubt be some viewers who will say they should invest even more time and effort but that does raise the issue of where the money for that will come from and where are the homes for those dogs to be found?
The central character in this drama is the staffie - or crossbred Staffordshire bull terriers and other bull breeds.
Like all breeds, most of those I've met are friendly, some poorly trained and a few downright nasty.
But there are so many of them - typically a half to two thirds of all stray and abandoned dogs - they become the focus of attention. And I'll admit to leaving a question unanswered in this film that maybe you can help me with:
How come you can sell staffie pups for £250-£500 and yet rescue homes are full of adult dogs crying out for a home? Why is there such a strong demand when they're babies but such surplus just a couple of years later?
Answers to this or any other comments on the film welcome below.