Over 1000 dogs deemed to be ‘strays’ have been picked up by Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council’s dog warden in the last two years.
According to figures obtained by the Tyrone Times from the Council, 1054 dogs were collected by the warden in 2012-13.
The figures are further broken down on a monthly basis with the months of January-March and October-December ranking the highest months for dogs collected by the warden.
Of the 1054 dogs collected in the last two years, under 20% of those are reclaimed by owners, but on a more positive note, Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council have rehomed over 75% of those dogs to new homes.
The Council also said according to most recent figures, the rehoming rate is now around 90% based on a month to month basis.
Between 2012-13, 6% of dogs collected who were not re homed or reclaimed had to be destroyed.
Rodney Gillis, Senior Licencing Officer with Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council praised the work of the kennels which the council use to help re home the stray dogs collected.
He told the TIMES: “Over the years we have been able to return more dogs back to their owners, so the numbers in that area have increased slightly.
“The majority of work is also down to the re homing centre that we use. We use Drumbonnaway Kennels, they provide the service of keeping the stray dogs for the 5 days that by law we have to keep them, but then after that they also manage to sell a lot of them privately.
“They also work closely with a lot of the other rehoming agencies across the water and a lot of them find new homes over there because there is a bigger demand in England and Wales for dogs.”