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  Stray dogs on the increase on UK streets
Updated 14 August 2002, 11.12
Lily was re-homed after a year of being at Battersea Dogs Home
Lily spent a year at Battersea Dogs Home

The number of stray dogs wandering Britain's streets has risen for the first time in six years to around 117,000.

  Click here to read Lily's tale about her life as a stray dog

The figures come from The National Canine Defence League (NCDL) which campaigns for the better treatment of dogs.

The NCDL also found that less dogs are being put down.

This is because local councils are doing more to help re-home strays.

The NCDL says dog owners should take more responsibility for their pets and neuter them, if the number of strays on the streets is to be reduced.

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