There are many words used to describe the influx of status dogs, poorly treated pets and just the unfortunate overspill of unwanted litters.
Some are abused, thrown out on to the streets, untrained or, even in extreme cases, purposely moulded into killing machines.
But for animal behaviourist Jane Nettleton, of Little Clacton, the problem is deep-rooted in our society.
“Every day, hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs are killed just because they don’t have a home.
“How can that be right?”
Jane, who has three dogs, including one that was rescued from an abusive home, is also secretary of Tendring dog charity Spirit of the Dog, which aims to build a rehabilitation for last chance dogs.
“Dogs are not for status, for fashion or a cuddly toy – they are intelligent and beautiful animals that are so often misunderstood.
“If only more people would try to learn about the animals they keep in their homes and seek training when problems arise.
“Something needs to be done to stop this overbreeding and to clampdown on both irresponsible and cruel owners, else how can we go on calling ourselves a nation of dog lovers?
“If dog is man’s best friend, then they deserve better than this.”
To learn more about dog rehabilitation, training, education or the charity, go to spiritofthe dog.org.uk