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C19: 40,000 dogs at risk of being abandoned, warns UK charity

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A leading UK charity has warned of an impending canine crisis that could see as many as 40,000 dogs given up to shelters, and in some cases put down.

By Nick Whittle , 29 Jul 2020

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Dogs Trust parallels the economic fallout of the Coronavirus with the global financial crash of 2007-2008. Back then the UK saw a 25% rise in the number of abandoned dogs, and similar increase in the number of dogs being put down.

With fewer people in work and furloughing soon to end, the UK is heading for a similar downturn should she still be wracked by the pandemic in October.

1,800 dogs could be put to sleep

That could spell disaster for thousands of dog owners who can no longer afford to keep their pet. Dogs Trust says that may lead to as many as 40,000 dogs being brought to shelters across the country, and as many as 1,800 dogs being put to sleep unnecessarily.

Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dogs Trust, suggested behavioural problems associated with the fluctuation of society routines may also cause people to give up their dogs.

Meanwhile puppy purchases remain on the up, with many buyers refusing to acknowledge the long-term responsibilities of owning a dog.