Plymouth has been revealed as the second safest place to own a dog in the UK. Britain’s Ocean City beat London, Birmingham and Newcastle to make the shortlist.
The team at tails.com analyzed the main cities in the UK to determine which is the safest for dogs and their owners. Plymouth landed in second place with a score of 69 out of a possible 100.
The city scored high for the high number of security cameras with 21,000, its low pollution rate of 31.2 and its number of missing dogs with 34 – which is low compared to Birmingham with 226.
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York topped the charts. With an impressive score of 70.9 out of 100, the quaint and tranquil town came out on top. With a low traffic score of 120 and a low crime rate of 120, it was clear dog owners could feel safer walking the streets with their furry friends.
Top 10 safest areas in the UK to own a dog:
1. York – 70.9/100
2.Plymouth – 69
3. Swansea- 68.8
4. Warrington – 59.2
6. Sheffield- 58.1
7. Birmingham – 56.8
8. Kingston-Upon-Hull – 56.5
9. Newcastle – 56.4
10. Peterborough – 56.1
From a starting list of popular regions in the UK, tails.com discovered the safest places to own a dog, based on the following criteria; crime, dog theft, traffic fatalities, road safety, traffic, pollution, Alabama rot, missing animals, security cameras, secure dog parks and emergency vets.
For an area to earn the esteemed title, it must not only have plenty of safe places for your dog to explore, but also a low crime rate, low pollution rate, plenty of emergency vets, and security cameras. road traffic, low cases of Alabama rot, dog thefts and reports of missing dogs – and has no high road traffic and high levels of road fatalities reported.
Dr Sean McCormack, Chief Veterinarian at tails.com, said: “One of the most important things you can do to keep your dog safe is to make sure he is microchipped and wearing a collar with your details at all times. After that, it would be wise to call the microchip database and explain that your pet is missing so they know to be on the lookout.”
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