The Dog Rescue Federation is asking local authorities to adopt a consistent approach towards dealing with stray dogs and is urging them to be more proactive in tackling irresponsible dog breeding and ownership.
The Federation made the recommendation in a report it has published after conducting a national survey of local authority dog wardens, which 96 per cent of councils in the UK took part in.
The report has been presented to Rob Flello MP, who is a soon to be appointed as chair of an all party group in parliament dealing with dog issues.
The survey findings have also been sent to all local authorities in the UK, DEFRA, MP's, the Local Government Association, the National Dog Wardens' Association, the Dogs Trust and other interested animal welfare organisations and professional bodies.
The report can be viewed at www.dogrescuefederation.org