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More Stray Dogs Roaming Cornwall's Streets

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7:01am 27th December 2011

The number of stray dogs roaming Cornish streets soars.

Statistics show, on average, 142 a month are picked up.

That is compared to 101 last year.

Welfare experts partly blame the economic downturn.

Kevin Brader is from the council: "There's lots of hidden costs that people perhaps don't realise when they first get a dog, as well as the obvious ones of feeding, there's vets bills and insurance, as well as other things that people don't take into account when they first get the dog.

Kevin adds there is lots to consider before taking a pet on: "Being able to afford the dog and whether or not they actually want to have the dog in the first place, and what are the reasons for having the dog and whether or not they can actually provide the dog with a suitable home that will be for the entirety of the dog's life."

Vet Steve Leonard is not so sure the recession is to blame: "I know people will fight tooth and nail to keep their pets. They won't get rid of them unless it's absolutely desperate. The bond we have with dogs in this country is absolutely amazing, some of them would rather give up a spouse than they would their own pet.

But Steve admits some pets do get too much to handle for owners: "Once they've grown to a full size animal, they just can't fit into their lives, and these dogs, unfortunately the fall out of that is that they end up abandoned and on the street or in rescue centres."

7:01am 27th December 2011

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