Stray dogs put down every month in Dagenham

17:01 24 August 2012

Put down: Staffs have become the dog of choice in the borough but dozens are put to sleep each year

Put down: Staffs have become the dog of choice in the borough but dozens are put to sleep each year

Archant

A dog pound is being forced to put down dozens of pooches a year as cash-strapped owners dump popular Staffordshire terriers in the economic downturn.

The so-called “death row” dogs are put to sleep after staying just seven days at the Dagenham kennels in Rainham Road North, an Essex animal rescue service has revealed.

Workers are having to put down more pets during the summer months when owners go on holiday, according to the Hornchurch Animal Rescue and Rehoming service.

Other pet owners leave their pooch behind when they lose their home after being made redundant, service founder Donna Evans told the Post.

She said the downturn had led to an increase in the number of dog deaths, as hard-pressed owners over-bred Staffs then abandoned puppies weeks later.

The pet rescue service estimates that two dogs are put down at the Dagenham dog pound each week during busy periods.

Barking and Dagenham Council said it had had to put to sleep 33 stray dogs this year.

Donna, 41, said: “A lot of people lose their home and are having to go into privately rented accommodation. This is the number one reason.

“Staffs have become a dog of choice. People are breeding their pets to make a few pounds and we end up getting puppies.”

The Rainham Road North pound at Frizlands Lane Depot only has space for four dogs at any one time.

The council pound uses an overflow vet kennel in Chingford and turns to organisations like Hornchurch Animal Rescue to rehome stray dogs but simply cannot cope with the numbers.

A council spokesman said: “Unfortunately many dogs are not microchipped and do not have ID tags on their collars, therefore it is not possible to trace their owners.

“After the seven-day period has expired we continue to make efforts to rehome the dogs. There are rescue centres that will take some of the dogs and try to find homes for them and some are taken on by the person who found them if they remain unclaimed.

“Sadly there are simply not enough potential homes to fit the number of abandoned dogs. For this reason, unfortunately some do have to be put down.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Police would like to talk to this man about the attack

A pervert who prevents his victims from leaving the toilets of Burger King in Paddington while he subjects them to a terrifying sexual ordeal has struck for third time.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
[Photo Steve Parsons/PA Wire]

Croydon police chased down and arrested two men just minutes after a 96-year-old Purley resident was burgled.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The attack happened in Manordene Road, Thamesmead

A 15-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries after a brutal attack in Manordene Road, Thamesmead on Saturday night.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Maida Vale councillor Rita Begum with Ashley Theophane at the protest (Pic credit: Twitter@cllrritab)

A former British boxing champion flew in from Las Vegas and threw his support behind a fight to stop a sports centre from being demolished in Queen’s Park.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
[Photo Hydar Dewachi]

The mobile cinema tailors events to the communities living along the canals and rivers it visits.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

Read more
The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more
You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more