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The Dogs Trust has released the findings of its yearly Stray Dog Survey, showing that microchips have helped save the lives of more than 8,000 dogs in the last year.
The survey, taking figures from the beginning of April 2012 to the end of March 2013, shows that around 1,000 more dogs have been reunited with their owners this year, thanks to their microchip.
It also revealed that 112,000 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by local authorities across the UK throughout the 12 month period. While this is a six per cent decrease on last year’s figures, it still equates to 307 stray dogs being found each day on average. Furthermore, the survey found that 9,000 stray dogs had been put to sleep in the UK during that same period.
The overall percentage of stray dogs reunited with their owners this year was 48 per cent, while 25 per cent were rehomed by welfare organisations, nine per cent by local authorities and eight per cent were put to sleep. Simple steps, such as microchipping, can help prevent accidental strays and the survey results reminds owners to ensure that their dog is microchipped and that their contact details are up to date.