A TOTAL of 206 stray or abandoned dogs were rescued during 2011 by a dog warden team, according to new figures.
Among them, Purdy was tied to a fence post and abandoned, Gypsy was so scared of humans she would cower in a corner, and Thimble and Taxi were abandoned just before Christmas.
The report has been released by Chichester District Council.
Dog warden Viv Magrath said the figures were alarming.
She said: ‘The number of strays was down last year, but the number of those that were unclaimed almost doubled.
‘If you are having a problem looking after your dog, please do not abandon it.
‘We have a list of dog rescue centres and we can give advice.
‘Stray dogs can pose a serious danger to themselves and to traffic.
‘Not all unclaimed strays are rehomed, but they still have to stay in council kennels for seven days, which can be extremely frightening and stressful for them.’
Mrs Magrath recommended dogs being microchipped.
She added: ‘If they become lost, it is easier and saves a lot of time and money to reunite them with their owner. Dogs become very stressed and frightened when they are lost, and even more so when they are put in kennels. We want to reunite lost dogs with their owners as soon as we can.’