Death Row Dogs
Lost and abandoned dogs, whose owners cannot be found, are sent to pounds where they have seven days to find a home or they will be euthanised…
There are boarding kennels all over the UK known as ‘dog compounds’ and ‘pounds’ that are employed by councils to place lost, stray, abandoned and wandering dogs found by members of the public. A dog will be kept at a dog pound for seven days and after those seven days, if the owner is not located and a rescue space can’t be found the dog will be euthanised. More often than not, a dog is killed as apposed to being rescued, rehomed or reunited with their owners. From the second these dogs step paw into the pound the countdown begins and they officially become Death Row Dogs.
Thousands of dogs in the UK are murdered every year after lasting their seven days on death row in dog pounds. It is estimated that over 150 per week will suffer this fate.
In Kent, local dog warden and New Hope Animal Rescue founder Niall Lester collects dogs on their last day on death row from dog pounds before they can be destroyed and takes them into his rescue. His efforts have been so remarkable that there is a local council-run pound celebrating a decade of non-destruction as Niall and his rescue sweep in to save the animals on their last day to live.
After meeting up with Niall and spending some time with the dogs, here are a few of the dogs in his care that have been successfully saved from death row: