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    I think record keeping is a whole lot different now as well. 30 years ago stray dogs were just put down, and pounds didn't have the same level of recording they have now. Dog were kept, lost, given away, sold etc willy nilly and no one kept track of it. So of course once people start recording all those figures it looks like it has skyrocketed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    What about the fact that Australia's population has more than doubled over this time. All stats over time not done per capita will always make things look like they are getting worse regardless whether we are talking crimes, unemployment, road toll etc....

    More people = More dogs

    I know everyone goes straight for the BYB/ designer breeds/ puppy mills etc...and i dont deny that they are contributing, but i remember growing up in Melbourne during the 70's and there were dogs roaming every street and i would go as far too say that a majority weren't desexed, registered or even defined as a breed. It wouldnt have been unusual in these times to have at least one kid at school whose dog was having pups.
    A change in attitudes has helped but it will take generations before effects are felt.
    I seriously have never actually looked at it that way. Nice post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    What about the fact that Australia's population has more than doubled over this time. All stats over time not done per capita will always make things look like they are getting worse regardless whether we are talking crimes, unemployment, road toll etc....

    More people = More dogs

    I know everyone goes straight for the BYB/ designer breeds/ puppy mills etc...and i dont deny that they are contributing, but i remember growing up in Melbourne during the 70's and there were dogs roaming every street and i would go as far too say that a majority weren't desexed, registered or even defined as a breed. It wouldnt have been unusual in these times to have at least one kid at school whose dog was having pups.
    A change in attitudes has helped but it will take generations before effects are felt.
    Yes, interestingly though, the amount of dogs per capita has reduced. This is why I simply can not accept the 'dog over population' myth.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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