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Coronavirus: Pandemic could result in up to 40,000 homeless dogs, charity warns

Up to 40,000 dogs could become homeless due to the coronavirus pandemic, a charity has warned.

Dogs Trust says the economic effects of COVID-19 may force people to give up their pets or in some cases, put them to sleep.

The charity highlighted how the financial crash of 2008 lead to a more than 25% rise in the number of abandoned dogs, while euthanasia rates also rose by 25%.

This means the coronavirus crisis could result in more than 1,800 dogs in local shelters being put to sleep unnecessarily.

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