Nine abandoned dogs put to sleep

Jane Mowat

Jane Mowat

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NINE stray dogs were put to sleep last year when their owners failed to collect them from the dog warden in York.

Figures obtained by The Press through a Freedom of Information request revealed 199 dogs were seized by a private provider working on behalf of City of York Council in the first year they used the service, but nine were put down because their owners could not be traced or the animals were too ill to be re-homed.

The council works with animal charities in the city to try and find a new home for the dogs, and says it only puts them to sleep when all other avenues have been exhausted.

Jane Mowat, head of community safety at City of York Council, said: “Taking on a puppy or a mature dog is a big responsibility where costs and liabilities can mount.

"Abandoned animals face considerable dangers and can sometimes pose risks to the community.

"We’re proud of our 95 per cent rehoming rate and urge people to talk to animal charities or research having a dog before taking one on, to ensure a lasting ownership.”

The 17th annual Stray Dog Survey, carried out on behalf of the Dog's Trust, found the number of dogs being picked up by councils reached 12,348 in 2013, an increase of 43 per cent on the previous year's figures.

Laura-Jane Muscroft, Dogs Trust Leeds education and community officer, said: "Local authorities do not want to put dogs to sleep but they are struggling to cope with huge numbers of strays.

"We hope to continue our existing work with local authorities through our extensive education, neutering and microchipping campaigns to help them tackle the issue of stray dogs.

"Dogs Trust hopes these alarming figures will remind dog owners to ensure their dog is microchipped and the details kept up to date to improve the chances of being reunited with the dog should they stray."

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8:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

nearlyman says...

If all dog owners were responsible this would not happen. If you think of your dog as a fashion accessory or a status symbol or you will benefit in some way by means of your ownership then you should not have a dog. This however,sadly, is the best resolution of the problem.
If all dog owners were responsible this would not happen. If you think of your dog as a fashion accessory or a status symbol or you will benefit in some way by means of your ownership then you should not have a dog. This however,sadly, is the best resolution of the problem. nearlyman
  • Score: 24

10:48am Wed 20 Aug 14

MrsHoney says...

It should be mandatory to have all dogs neutered and people should have to apply for a breeding licence. This shouldn't be happening, poor dogs, it's not their fault people are selfish.
It should be mandatory to have all dogs neutered and people should have to apply for a breeding licence. This shouldn't be happening, poor dogs, it's not their fault people are selfish. MrsHoney
  • Score: 30

12:57pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Twoode says...

There are too many irresponsible dog owners. If i had my way i would
1. Compulsory licensing and chipping.
2. Neuter all unless registered for breeding.
3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners.
4. must be registered with a vet.
5. Clamp down on dogs off leads and poo
6. Children have parks with no dogs so how about parks for dogs with no screaming children, bikes and anything else scary when youre a dog that you dont understand (coz your a dog)
And i am a dog owner
There are too many irresponsible dog owners. If i had my way i would 1. Compulsory licensing and chipping. 2. Neuter all unless registered for breeding. 3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners. 4. must be registered with a vet. 5. Clamp down on dogs off leads and poo 6. Children have parks with no dogs so how about parks for dogs with no screaming children, bikes and anything else scary when youre a dog that you dont understand (coz your a dog) And i am a dog owner Twoode
  • Score: 6

1:45pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Fat Harry says...

"3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners."

If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions.

Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.
"3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners." If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions. Any such legislation should apply to cats as well. Fat Harry
  • Score: 11

4:13pm Wed 20 Aug 14

york central says...

Registered dog owners with tagging and breeding licenses should be compulsory.
saying that, I'd apply the same to humans too.
There are plenty who need neutering and licensing.
Registered dog owners with tagging and breeding licenses should be compulsory. saying that, I'd apply the same to humans too. There are plenty who need neutering and licensing. york central
  • Score: 19

4:55pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Platform9 says...

Fat Harry wrote:
"3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners." If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions. Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.
While Parliament are introducing an act they should also look at the high costs of vets fees - compared to human medical treatment for similar conditions its ludicrous!
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: "3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners." If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions. Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.[/p][/quote]While Parliament are introducing an act they should also look at the high costs of vets fees - compared to human medical treatment for similar conditions its ludicrous! Platform9
  • Score: 7

5:49pm Wed 20 Aug 14

julia brica says...

Fat Harry wrote:
"3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners."

If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions.

Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.
Steady on harry, a bag of cat heads were found in a bin bag outside an Indian takeaway last week. Your suggestion would affect profits and could mean job losses.
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: "3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners." If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions. Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.[/p][/quote]Steady on harry, a bag of cat heads were found in a bin bag outside an Indian takeaway last week. Your suggestion would affect profits and could mean job losses. julia brica
  • Score: -78

6:56pm Wed 20 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

Twoode wrote:
There are too many irresponsible dog owners. If i had my way i would
1. Compulsory licensing and chipping.
2. Neuter all unless registered for breeding.
3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners.
4. must be registered with a vet.
5. Clamp down on dogs off leads and poo
6. Children have parks with no dogs so how about parks for dogs with no screaming children, bikes and anything else scary when youre a dog that you dont understand (coz your a dog)
And i am a dog owner
Good idea but totally un-enforceable.
[quote][p][bold]Twoode[/bold] wrote: There are too many irresponsible dog owners. If i had my way i would 1. Compulsory licensing and chipping. 2. Neuter all unless registered for breeding. 3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners. 4. must be registered with a vet. 5. Clamp down on dogs off leads and poo 6. Children have parks with no dogs so how about parks for dogs with no screaming children, bikes and anything else scary when youre a dog that you dont understand (coz your a dog) And i am a dog owner[/p][/quote]Good idea but totally un-enforceable. smudge2
  • Score: -1

8:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

Platform9 wrote:
Fat Harry wrote:
"3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners." If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions. Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.
While Parliament are introducing an act they should also look at the high costs of vets fees - compared to human medical treatment for similar conditions its ludicrous!
So you want a National Pet Service like the NHS or do you mean private health care. If you do then there is not a lot of difference
[quote][p][bold]Platform9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: "3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners." If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions. Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.[/p][/quote]While Parliament are introducing an act they should also look at the high costs of vets fees - compared to human medical treatment for similar conditions its ludicrous![/p][/quote]So you want a National Pet Service like the NHS or do you mean private health care. If you do then there is not a lot of difference Omega Point
  • Score: -3

8:40pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

Platform9 wrote:
Fat Harry wrote:
"3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners." If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions. Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.
While Parliament are introducing an act they should also look at the high costs of vets fees - compared to human medical treatment for similar conditions its ludicrous!
So you want a National Pet Service like the NHS or do you mean private health care. If you do then there is not a lot of difference
[quote][p][bold]Platform9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: "3. Limit all rented property to 2 dogs. Cant do anything about homeowners." If you can limit renting households to 2 dogs, you can do the same to owner-occupiers. One act of parliament would do, especially if it was one that reintroduced the dog licence. It could also take in registation with a vet, neutering, and insurance: ie you don't get a licence if you don't meet those conditions. Any such legislation should apply to cats as well.[/p][/quote]While Parliament are introducing an act they should also look at the high costs of vets fees - compared to human medical treatment for similar conditions its ludicrous![/p][/quote]So you want a National Pet Service like the NHS or do you mean private health care. If you do then there is not a lot of difference Omega Point
  • Score: -1

1:25am Thu 21 Aug 14

clar64pr says...

My daughter and I have 2 dogs who are well loved, well cared for and have a large back garden to run around in. They are our 'babies'. They have the full run of the house, are very happy and are covered by pet insurance. We originally went to the RSPCA in York and saw a dog we wanted, had the home visit, the lady seemed very happy with everything, and then we were turned down as adopters! We rescued a dog from elsewhere, decided he needed a friend, so rescued another, also from elsewhere. They are so close and love their walks. There was no reason for us being turned down by the RSPCA and I have heard similar stories to ours, so needless deaths for dogs that are re home-able is taking place! Oh and we are both non-smokers........D
o we need to be church-goers?
My daughter and I have 2 dogs who are well loved, well cared for and have a large back garden to run around in. They are our 'babies'. They have the full run of the house, are very happy and are covered by pet insurance. We originally went to the RSPCA in York and saw a dog we wanted, had the home visit, the lady seemed very happy with everything, and then we were turned down as adopters! We rescued a dog from elsewhere, decided he needed a friend, so rescued another, also from elsewhere. They are so close and love their walks. There was no reason for us being turned down by the RSPCA and I have heard similar stories to ours, so needless deaths for dogs that are re home-able is taking place! Oh and we are both non-smokers........D o we need to be church-goers? clar64pr
  • Score: 10

8:25am Thu 21 Aug 14

hifive says...

clar64pr wrote:
My daughter and I have 2 dogs who are well loved, well cared for and have a large back garden to run around in. They are our 'babies'. They have the full run of the house, are very happy and are covered by pet insurance. We originally went to the RSPCA in York and saw a dog we wanted, had the home visit, the lady seemed very happy with everything, and then we were turned down as adopters! We rescued a dog from elsewhere, decided he needed a friend, so rescued another, also from elsewhere. They are so close and love their walks. There was no reason for us being turned down by the RSPCA and I have heard similar stories to ours, so needless deaths for dogs that are re home-able is taking place! Oh and we are both non-smokers........D o we need to be church-goers?
I had the same experience with the rspca! Luckily I was able to rescue a beautiful lurcher from elsewhere who has been my beloved companion for nearly 7 years. It's a shame the rspca are so strict. I didn't even get an explanation as to why they didn't think I'd be a suitable pet owner.
[quote][p][bold]clar64pr[/bold] wrote: My daughter and I have 2 dogs who are well loved, well cared for and have a large back garden to run around in. They are our 'babies'. They have the full run of the house, are very happy and are covered by pet insurance. We originally went to the RSPCA in York and saw a dog we wanted, had the home visit, the lady seemed very happy with everything, and then we were turned down as adopters! We rescued a dog from elsewhere, decided he needed a friend, so rescued another, also from elsewhere. They are so close and love their walks. There was no reason for us being turned down by the RSPCA and I have heard similar stories to ours, so needless deaths for dogs that are re home-able is taking place! Oh and we are both non-smokers........D o we need to be church-goers?[/p][/quote]I had the same experience with the rspca! Luckily I was able to rescue a beautiful lurcher from elsewhere who has been my beloved companion for nearly 7 years. It's a shame the rspca are so strict. I didn't even get an explanation as to why they didn't think I'd be a suitable pet owner. hifive
  • Score: 6

10:01am Thu 21 Aug 14

accountess says...

My friend's cat got run over, the bill for fixing it was over £600 but she didn't have to pay because her and he husband are on benefits. No idea how this works.
My friend's cat got run over, the bill for fixing it was over £600 but she didn't have to pay because her and he husband are on benefits. No idea how this works. accountess
  • Score: 0

12:49pm Thu 21 Aug 14

nearlyman says...

clar64pr wrote:
My daughter and I have 2 dogs who are well loved, well cared for and have a large back garden to run around in. They are our 'babies'. They have the full run of the house, are very happy and are covered by pet insurance. We originally went to the RSPCA in York and saw a dog we wanted, had the home visit, the lady seemed very happy with everything, and then we were turned down as adopters! We rescued a dog from elsewhere, decided he needed a friend, so rescued another, also from elsewhere. They are so close and love their walks. There was no reason for us being turned down by the RSPCA and I have heard similar stories to ours, so needless deaths for dogs that are re home-able is taking place! Oh and we are both non-smokers........D

o we need to be church-goers?
RSPCA has become more and more political these days, hence I would not give them a penny. Probably considered thatr you were too right wing or a member of UKIP !!
[quote][p][bold]clar64pr[/bold] wrote: My daughter and I have 2 dogs who are well loved, well cared for and have a large back garden to run around in. They are our 'babies'. They have the full run of the house, are very happy and are covered by pet insurance. We originally went to the RSPCA in York and saw a dog we wanted, had the home visit, the lady seemed very happy with everything, and then we were turned down as adopters! We rescued a dog from elsewhere, decided he needed a friend, so rescued another, also from elsewhere. They are so close and love their walks. There was no reason for us being turned down by the RSPCA and I have heard similar stories to ours, so needless deaths for dogs that are re home-able is taking place! Oh and we are both non-smokers........D o we need to be church-goers?[/p][/quote]RSPCA has become more and more political these days, hence I would not give them a penny. Probably considered thatr you were too right wing or a member of UKIP !! nearlyman
  • Score: 4

2:57pm Thu 21 Aug 14

clar64pr says...

accountess wrote:
My friend's cat got run over, the bill for fixing it was over £600 but she didn't have to pay because her and he husband are on benefits. No idea how this works.
It was probably funded by the PDSAm they ask for a small donation, basically what you can afford
[quote][p][bold]accountess[/bold] wrote: My friend's cat got run over, the bill for fixing it was over £600 but she didn't have to pay because her and he husband are on benefits. No idea how this works.[/p][/quote]It was probably funded by the PDSAm they ask for a small donation, basically what you can afford clar64pr
  • Score: 0

2:58pm Thu 21 Aug 14

clar64pr says...

hifive wrote:
clar64pr wrote:
My daughter and I have 2 dogs who are well loved, well cared for and have a large back garden to run around in. They are our 'babies'. They have the full run of the house, are very happy and are covered by pet insurance. We originally went to the RSPCA in York and saw a dog we wanted, had the home visit, the lady seemed very happy with everything, and then we were turned down as adopters! We rescued a dog from elsewhere, decided he needed a friend, so rescued another, also from elsewhere. They are so close and love their walks. There was no reason for us being turned down by the RSPCA and I have heard similar stories to ours, so needless deaths for dogs that are re home-able is taking place! Oh and we are both non-smokers........D o we need to be church-goers?
I had the same experience with the rspca! Luckily I was able to rescue a beautiful lurcher from elsewhere who has been my beloved companion for nearly 7 years. It's a shame the rspca are so strict. I didn't even get an explanation as to why they didn't think I'd be a suitable pet owner.
I never got an explanation either, it's as if they don't want to re-home them!
[quote][p][bold]hifive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]clar64pr[/bold] wrote: My daughter and I have 2 dogs who are well loved, well cared for and have a large back garden to run around in. They are our 'babies'. They have the full run of the house, are very happy and are covered by pet insurance. We originally went to the RSPCA in York and saw a dog we wanted, had the home visit, the lady seemed very happy with everything, and then we were turned down as adopters! We rescued a dog from elsewhere, decided he needed a friend, so rescued another, also from elsewhere. They are so close and love their walks. There was no reason for us being turned down by the RSPCA and I have heard similar stories to ours, so needless deaths for dogs that are re home-able is taking place! Oh and we are both non-smokers........D o we need to be church-goers?[/p][/quote]I had the same experience with the rspca! Luckily I was able to rescue a beautiful lurcher from elsewhere who has been my beloved companion for nearly 7 years. It's a shame the rspca are so strict. I didn't even get an explanation as to why they didn't think I'd be a suitable pet owner.[/p][/quote]I never got an explanation either, it's as if they don't want to re-home them! clar64pr
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"Dogs Trust hopes these alarming figures"
I'd hardly call 9 dogs killed ( not "put to sleep" ) in one year an alarming figure ?
"Dogs Trust hopes these alarming figures" I'd hardly call 9 dogs killed ( not "put to sleep" ) in one year an alarming figure ? Pinza-C55
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