Shock figures reveal toll of unclaimed dogs across Yorkshire

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Dog owners are being urged to keep their pet’s microchip details up to date as the toll of lost animals is revealed today.

According to the Dogs Trust, more than 10 per cent of the 4,130 dogs not claimed across Yorkshire in 2015-16 will never find their way home and could even face being put down.

The charity’s Stray Dogs Survey also shows that the total number of stray and abandoned dogs in Yorkshire fell by 11 per cent from 8,909 in 2015 to 7,888.

But it said around 638 of the region’s unclaimed dogs in the region were put to sleep by local authorities last year.

And 3,758 dogs have been reunited with their owners from 2015-16 – with 607 of these as a direct result of the pet having a microchip.

Sarah Hey, supporter relations officer at Dogs Trust Leeds said: “It’s shocking to learn that over 10 per cent of the unclaimed dogs in Yorkshire are actually much-loved family pets who are left languishing in kennels or, worse, face being put to sleep without their owner’s knowledge, simply because their owners were too forgetful to update their details on the microchip database. It’s heartbreaking that these lost dogs will never find their way home, as it’s something which could so easily have been avoided with a bit of forward planning.”

Microchipping dogs is now compulsory in the UK.

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