City dogs have the best walks

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - LOIS SWINNERTON

DOGS liv­ing the high life in Lon­don have the best walks in Eng- land, ac­cord­ing to find­ings re­leased by an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity the RSPCA.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, which was car­ried out on­line at the be­gin­ning of July, Lon­don dog own­ers are most likely to take their dog out at least once a day and al­most half treat their dog to two walks a day.

Cap­i­tal city dwellers are more likely to let their pets run free off the lead and play with toys or other dogs.

The sur­vey of more than 3,000 dog own­ers across the coun­try also found hounds liv­ing in the south-east of Eng­land are more likely to have longer walks than those na­tion­ally, with 38% of pooches en­joy­ing walks last­ing longer than an hour, com­pared to 35% across the na­tion.

The sur­vey was car­ried out in the run up to this month’s RSPCA Big Walkies chal­lenge, which one fa­mil­iar face is sup­port­ing.

Singer Peter An­dre said: “It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber how much hap­pi­ness dogs bring to our lives.

“Sadly there are many dogs which are ill-treated ev­ery day and the RSPCA works in­cred­i­bly hard to com­bat an­i­mal cru­elty.

“I en­cour­age dog-own­ers to sign up for My Big Walkies.

“Tak­ing part will help raise money which will en­able the RSPCA to carry out this vi­tal work.

“It’s also a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to get out and about with your dog, while help­ing less for­tu­nate dogs at the same time.”

Dog walk­ers who sign up to the Big Walkies chal­lenge will have to rack up 10,000 steps a day with or with­out their dog while be­ing spon­sored to do so in a bid to raise money for the RSPCA.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to sign up to My Big Walkies, head to the RSPCA web­site.

Peter An­dre is sup­port­ing the RSPCA Big Walkies chal­lenge

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