Hundreds of stray dogs are picked up

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas
A dog is for life, not just for Christmas

The founder of an animal charity has hit out at the “throw away” attitude of society after it was revealed more than 350 stray dogs were picked up in the north of the county in just one year.

Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing & Adoption founder Petrina Alderman says her charity is over-run with abandoned pets and if the trend continues her organisation will run into bankruptcy.

It follows statistics released by all four councils in the north of the county which reveal hundreds of stray dogs were picked up, although many were re-homed or reunited with owners.

Kettering Council picked up 178 stray dogs in 2010, Corby Council picked up 109 and EastNorthamptonshire Council 70. Wellingborough Council picked up 221 in the 2009-10 financial year.

Of the dogs picked up, 282 were reunited with their owners and 182 were known to be re-homed. A total 27 dogs were put down.

Ms Alderman said: “So many dogs are left to stray because we are a throw away society, we are spoilt and like to get new things all the time.

“Because of this, places like us are so under pressure, we can’t go on like this.”

All four councils said they took dog ownership seriously and were pleased so many stray dogs were re-homed or reunited with their owners.

A East Northamptonshire Council spokesman said: “It’s a time of year a lot of unwanted dogs given as Christmas presents are trying to find new homes and we urge people to think before buying a dog or any pet as a present.”