Municipalities spent more than £ 1m in two years caring for pets whose owners were hospitalized

Local authorities have spent more than £ 1m Pet after their owners had been hospitalized for the past two years.

Liverpool City Council incurs the biggest costs of caring for 152 pets for a total of £ 222,242, according to data on Freedom of Information from 2020 to 2022 reported by Mail online.

In one case, it allegedly spent £ 10,000 on board one of the 53 dogs it was forced to look after.

The London Borough of Hackney was also hit by a large bill after paying for four cats to be boarded at a luxury pet hotel in Enfield, north London, at a cost of £ 19,027.

Elmtree Pet Hotel boasts a luxury grooming room and spa, a “fully equipped” indoor gym as well as underfloor heating for dogs, cats and small animals.

In total, the council spent £ 53,992 over two years caring for 34 cats and five dogs.

Under the Care Act, local authorities are legally required to care for and nurture pets for people who are hospitalized if friends or relatives are unable to do so.

Top five tips that spend the most on caring for pets after their owners become ill

  1. Liverpool City Council – 73 cats, 53 dogs and 26 other pets at a cost of £ 222,242
  2. Leeds City Council – 59 cats, 43 dogs and four other pets at a cost of £ 135,426
  3. Westminster City Council – 92 cats, 16 dogs and another pet at a cost of £ 99,563
  4. Nottinghamshire County Council – 63 cats, 74 dogs and 67 other pets at a price of £ 97,788
  5. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – 37 cats and six dogs at a cost of £ 81,939

A total of 57 councils responded to requests for freedom of information about the number of pets ending up in their care and at what price from the online gambling site Buzz Bingo.

A total of 1,226 animals ended up in the custody of local authorities at a cost of £ 1.08 million.

But it was not only furry friends who needed support after their owners were no longer able to care for them.

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I has contacted Hackney Council and Liverpool City Council for comment.

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