HUNDREDS of dogs were picked up off the streets of Hartlepool last year.
Hartlepool Borough Council dog wardens found 346 dogs roaming the streets of the town during 2011/12.
Of those animals, 132 were found to have been chipped, which resulted in 40 being returned directly to their owners.
In total, there were 149 dogs that were returned to their owners, but there were 182 dogs that were either kept by the person who reported finding the animal or they were given to the Low Fallowfield Farm rescue kennels, in east Durham, to be rehomed.
The Hartlepool Mail launched its Give a Dog a Home campaign to help find homes for the animals that are picked up by Hartlepool Borough Council and Durham County Council each year after being left abandoned.
Dogs that are picked up by Durham County Council are taken to the Stray Aid charity in Coxhoe for rehoming.
Joan Hunter, the owner of the kennels in South Hetton, has urged anyone thinking of taking in a dog to contact the kennels.
She said: “We have got some really lovely dogs that are crying out for a good home.
“All people have to do is give us a ring and we will take it from there.”
People can contact the kennels by ringing (0191) 5261829 and they can also see the dogs that have been picked up by Hartlepool Borough Council by logging onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and selecting the weblink.
A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council said: “There are a number of lovely dogs desperate for new homes and we would hope people will come forward and give them a new start in life.”
Anyone wanting to take in a dog picked up in east Durham can contact Stray Aid on (0191) 3772415.