Dogs on road have been saved from being put down for euthanasia, according to a new report by the British Veterinary Association.
The BVA’s Road Safety Campaigns found that around 2,000 dogs and cats are being euthanised each year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The findings are part of a new series on the future of dog owners.
The report, titled The Road to Hope, found that by 2025, dogs and cat owners will be able to purchase a license allowing them to keep their pets, and that they will be free to euthanise them at any time.
This would give them greater control over how their pets are taken care of.
The study found that since 2005, about half of the dogs and half of cats rescued in England and Wales from euthanising animals had been rehomed in the UK.
The majority of those rescued were dogs, with around half of those taken to vets in England.
The vast majority of rescued dogs were aged between 4 and 10 years old.
The research also found that the majority of people in England are in favour of dog ownership, with 75 per cent of respondents supporting it, and 73 per cent in favour for dogs being allowed to roam free in their homes.
More than half of respondents said they wanted to see the practice of euthanasia in the home to continue, and only 17 per cent were opposed.
The authors of the report said the report showed that, despite the challenges facing the industry, people still wanted to keep dogs in their care.