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Battersea, UK Sees 'Shocking' Rise In Stray Aggressive Dogs

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By Tom Heap for BBC Panorama

Hundreds of aggressive dogs are being put down despite being healthy because they are unsuitable to rehome, the UK’s oldest animal shelter has said.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home had to put down about one third of the dogs it took in last year – a total of 2,815 animals, of which 1,931 were healthy.

The charity says a growing number are put down because their behaviour means they pose a safety risk.

The shelter says the issue of stray, aggressive dogs needs to be addressed.

‘Enough is enough’

Scott Craddock, director of operations, told the BBC’s Panorama that the figures were “shocking”.

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