By TOM HEAP
I had never seen life slip away before my eyes. The prick of the needle to the point of death took about 20 seconds. The twitching went on a little longer. The dog was then laid out on the garage floor, eyes still open and one ear up.
A minute earlier the man from the kennel had knelt down and embraced the dog tightly. It had licked his face as the vet approached with a syringe full of blue liquid, a deadly dose of barbiturate.
I saw this process repeated three more times in the next 10 minutes and not one of the dogs was aggressive. They were all Staffordshire bull terrier types and their crime was simply to be unwanted.
Shocking statistics: Battersea Dogs Home has admitted killing 2,815 dogs last year