Half a million dogs put to sleep.

These could well be the headlines that Labour will not want to see if they go ahead with their plans to make people insure their dogs.

The figure that many seem to think this will cost is around £600 a year. But, pet insurance does go up each year, so nobody knows where it will end up.

And, how many poor families will not be able to use the insurance and will elect to pay £40 to have their beloved pet put to sleep rather than see it starve through its owners lack of available funds?

How many votes lost can one equate to such a headline? Half a million perhaps? Especially when most pet dogs are harmless.


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