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More than 47,500 dogs were abandoned by their owners in the UK last year, figures from the Dogs Trust suggest. The animals all ended up in council pounds and more than 5,000 were later put down, according to the charity's annual survey of 345 local authorities
The annual market for puppies in the UK is unknown, but it is estimated that sales could range from 700,000 to 1.9 million,19 worth between £100 million and £300 million.20 Puppies can be purchased from a variety of sources—unlicensed breeders, Kennel Club registered puppies, imported puppies, commercial licensed breeders (including pet shops) and rescue organisations.21 The quality of the puppy, the life it has led and the welfare problems it has experienced vary considerably across these sources.