Dogs are yours for a lifetime
THE tentacles of the recession have stretched into almost every area of work and leisure activity. One consequence which could hardly have been predicted is a large increase in the number of pets dumped in pounds, handed over to charitable organisations, or simply abandoned in the streets.
Last year the count for dogs alone came to more than 20,000. Of these, nearly 8,000 were strays. Over 10,000 dogs were put down; new homes were found for the remainder.
Charities expect the numbers to swell this year. They say that former owners either blame their own financial difficulties or intend to emigrate in search of work.