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Animal Welfare
Survey indicates the scale of the unowned pet problem

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THE results of a census of unowned dogs and cats carried out in 2010 have recently been published in the journal BMC Veterinary Research.

Conducted by researchers at the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nottingham, the results show that, in 2010, the organisations that responded to the census questionnaire took in a total of 89,571 dogs and 156,826 cats.

For the census, the researchers contacted 1380 animal welfare organisations, and just under 40 per cent responded. They say that there is concern, therefore, that the true number of homeless dogs and cats could be much higher. …

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