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Dog Warden Dave Middleton poses for a picture wearing his protective suit that is intended to protect him from bites from animals infected with rabies. To date there have been no cases of rabies in Hull.



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Some people are forced to hand their dogs over to the RSPCA as they are no longer able to care for them.














Once a dog is taken to the RSPCA it is listed by its sex, breed, colour, where it was found, by whom and on what date. The animals are well looked after, fed a diet of protein fortified meal, puppies and bitches with pups are given some meat. Kennels are kept clean and sterile. Usually the dogs are not exercised, but sick or injured animals are taken to the vets.












Some dogs find new owners, paperwork is signed and the animals taken home with a £6.00 charge for a mongrel and £10.00 for a pedigree. It's usually the older or ugly dogs that are unclaimed or fail to be selected by people looking for a pet.




Dogs are destroyed by the most humane and cheapest method, electrocution. The animal is tied to the 'cabinet' and electrodes are attached to each ear and a hind leg. The lid is closed and the stun button pressed, the dog is rendered unconscious. The fatal button is pressed and the dog is killed.


According to the RSPCA annual report in 1982 a quarter of the dogs brought in were reclaimed, one quarter found new homes and half were destroyed. The total number of dogs destroyed in Hull was 2440, 47 a week. This figure includes what are termed 'paid lethals', cases of owners who bring in their animals to be destroyed.


The bodies of the destroyed dogs are stored in the 'morgue' which is basically a cold store. When there are enough bodies to make a trip worthwhile they are loaded on a trailer and taken to the landfill site to be dumped and buried.










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