THE number of dogs going stray in Dacorum has gone up by 30 per cent in the space of a year.
Between April and June this year 55 dogs were picked up – and it is mostly bull terrier-type breeds that are appearing in council kennels.
Dacorum dog warden Sarah Lewis said the reasons behind the rise were people not training dogs properly and the financial climate.
“It’s mostly bull breeds. If they are not trained, they are big and hard to handle,” she said.
“If they show any signs of aggression we have to put them down.
“People have to take responsibility for their own dogs.”
Sarah said the ‘vast majority’ of stray dogs came from Hemel Hempstead.
Dacorum Borough Council has just launched a new project to microchip all dogs in local authority homes for free.
The council normally charges £10 to microchip a dog.
The initiative was launched during Animal Action Week, where the council teamed up with the PDSA, RSPCA, Cats Protection, Herts Constabulary and Appledown Rescue to promote responsible pet ownership.
A number of roadshow events took place across the borough offering microchipping and pet health checks.
Unclaimed dogs that are not put down are sent to Appledown Rescue to be rehomed.
The government is expected to introduce a new law to make it compulsory to microchip all dogs.