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Frequently asked questions about stray dogs

Find out answers to the most common questions we get asked about stray dogs.

Note: some figures are approximate.

How many stray/sick dogs have you seized?

2021/22 - 290
2020/21 - 206
2019/20 - 505
2018/19 - 635
2017/18 - 660

How many dogs have you returned to their original owners? (includes returned to owner without impounding plus those impounded and subsequently claimed by owner)

2021/22 - 89
2020/21 - 78
2019/20 - 157
2018/19 - 201
2017/18 - 212

How many dogs have you rehomed with a new owner?

2021/22 - 2
2020/21 - 3
2019/20 - 11
2018/19 - 14
2017/18 - 6

How many dogs have you rehomed via a charity agency?

2021/22 - 22
2020/21 - 34
2019/20 - 100
2018/19 - 114
2017/18 - 130

How many dogs have you had to put to sleep/dispose of?

2021/22 - 0
2020/21 - 0
2019/20 - 0
2018/19 - 1
2017/18 - 0

What reasons would you have to put a dog to sleep?

Dogs are only euthanised on veterinary advice on health or behavioural grounds.

Which were the top five most seized dog breeds?

2021/22 - Jack Russell, Staffordshire Bull Terrior, Husky X, German Shepherd
2020/21 - Jack Russell, Staffordshire Bull Terrior, Husky X, German Shepherd
2019/20 - Jack Russell, Staffordshire Bull Terrior, Husky X, German Shepherd
2018/19 - Staff Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Border Collie
2017/18 - Staff Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Border Collie

Which were the top five most put to sleep/disposed of dog breeds?

2021/22 - n/a
2020/21 - n/a
2019/20 - n/a
2018/19 - Terrier, Bulldog, Staff
2017/18 - Terrier, Bulldog, Staff

How many active DCOs (dog control orders) do you have in place?

None.

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