RabbitMomma, I haven't had the same experience as you, I grew up in a small seaside town, my sister lives in the country in southern England and my brother lives in a market town in the midlands and when visiting them I also don't see packs of dogs roaming at night. I also asked the UK people on a couple of dog lists I am on and the same experience.
As for the shelter issue, I don't believe it is any worse than the US, I know shelters in Britain take dogs from out of the country, Ireland and Cyprus being two places, so they must have space. The dogs from Cyprus are spoken for before they even hit UK soil. Now, I understand there are irresponsible people everywhere.
starrlammia, I am not going there with you. I understand why shelters feel they must desex their animals. I just wish they wouldn't do it to babies, that's all. And I agree with you Imakcerka, dogs (and all animals for that matter), are sentient beings and are entitled be treated as such.