Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Chiefs Collar Strays Crisis

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Chiefs Collar Strays Crisis

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Byline: Mike Blackburn

Stray dogs roaming the streets of a Teesside town could soon be collared under a new initiative.

Hartlepool's Central Estate has been identified as a blackspot for stray dogs.

To tackle the problem Hartlepool Council's environmental action team has joined forces with the Dogs Trust and RSPCA to offer a free pet neutering service to dog owners on the estate.

It is hoped the new scheme will help reduce the number of unwanted puppies, and ultimately result in fewer stray dogs.

Leaflets are being sent out to around 700 homes and owners are being urged to take up the offer.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Neil Mitchell said: "The RSPCA and the Dogs Trust had identified there was a need within Central Estate for a dedicated neutering project, and we were delighted when the council came on board.

"The problems caused by the failure of pet owners to neuter - such as stray dogs, abandoned animals and unwanted litters - are problems which affect us all. …

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