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'Status' dogs concern for Sussex animal charities
4:20pm Monday 10th September 2012 in News
A worrying statistic from a recent survey Dogs Trust Survey has found a sharp increase in abandoned so called “status dogs”.
Between 2010 and 2011 there was a staggering 91% increase in abandoned Bull breeds, Rottweilers and Akitas.
In 2010, 240 of the dogs were picked up by wardens compared to 469 the following year.
The animals have become a status symbol over the last five years with the often bulky looking breeds synonymous with gang culture.
Jenny Wells, manager at Patcham RSPCA, said that it was an “increasing concern”.
She added: “People are thinking about themselves and not the dogs.
“They get these animals to improve their look but don’t think of them as a pet which needs lifelong care.
"As a result they don’t get them neutered and before they know it they have a litter of puppies – which they bring to us.”
Due to a number of high profile status dog attacks, the breeds are also becoming increasingly difficult to re-home.
But Ms Wells warns that if you think the problem is with the dog, you’re looking at the wrong end of the lead.
She added: “Staffies in particular are the most brilliant family dogs. They are very loving and very loyal.
"The ones you see in the news have been taught to behave like that and as a result they have got this reputation.”
If you would like to re-home one of the dogs then please call:
Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre: 01273 452576.
RSPCA Animal Centrel: 01273 554218.
Paws Animal Sanctuary: 01903 872734