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Jan 03 2013

Harrow’s Dog Warden – three-year figures for stray dogs

harrow_council_logo2We asked Harrow Council how busy they’d been with stray dogs across the borough, and to tell us what happens to them once they’ve been picked up.

2010

  • Total stray dog requests made to Harrow Council was 215
  • Total number of cases processed without kenneling was 136
  • Total number of cases taken to kennels was 79
  • Of the 79 taken to kennels, 33 were re-homed and 46 returned to owners
  • Total numbers put to sleep was 0

2011

  • Total stray dog requests made to Harrow Council was 282
  • Total number of cases processed without kenneling was 200
  • Total number of cases taken to kennels was 82
  • Of the 79 taken to kennels, 46 were re-homed and 38 returned to owners
  • Total numbers put to sleep was 0

2012

  • Total stray dog requests made to Harrow Council was 228
  • Total number of cases processed without kenneling was 164
  • Total number of cases taken to kennels was 64
  • Of the 79 taken to kennels, 21 were re-homed and 43 returned to owners
  • Total numbers put to sleep was 1

It’s good to see such low number for euthanasing stray dogs, although the numbers don’t stack up accurately. For example, in 2012, they say that 64 were taken to kennels, then say that 79 were taken there. We’ll check back later on this year to see if 2013’s figures are more accurate.

The Council did add a note of caution to them: “…the arrangements for recording require revision. We are in the process of making these changes and future data will have a higher degree of accuracy.”

As always, with around half of all strays eventually getting returned to their owners, it’s absolutely worth microchipping your dog to improve the chances that he or she finds their way home.

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