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Christmas present dogs already being abandoned

This is heartbreaking. The latest press release from Dogs Trust:
Christmas present pups handed in to Dogs Trust rescue centres

We all know “A Dog is for Life, Not just for Christmas” yet sadly this was not the case for puppies “Cluedo” and “Scrabble” who were handed in to Dogs Trust rehoming centres today, 28th December 2011.  

While others are busy catching up with relatives in between Christmas and New Year, staff at Dogs Trust’s 17 Rehoming Centres across the UK are busy working around the clock caring for Christmas canine casualties.

Today Dogs Trust Leeds had a 14 week Greyhound crossbreed puppy brought into the Rehoming Centre.  His owners purchased him on Christmas Eve but after only a few days have decided to give him up as he is not yet housetrained and began chewing the children’s other Christmas presents.

Dogs Trust Leeds Manager, Amanda Sands, comments:
            “We have renamed this little pup Scrabble and hope to find him a new home in      January with a family that have the time to train a puppy. Scrabble was bought as a    Christmas present and his owners did not realise how much time is involved in         looking after a puppy – unlike toys they don’t come with an off switch and puppies             certainly need lots of training.”

Eight week old Yorkshire Terrier crossbreed puppy, Cluedo, was brought into Dogs Trust Canterbury today after an elderly lady walking her dog in the woods was approached by another woman trying to sell the young puppy to passers by.

Dogs Trust Canterbury Manager, Adam Levy, comments: “We believe little Cluedo was an unwanted Christmas present and his owner was hoping that dog owners walking their pets around the woods would take pity on him and buy him off her. If no one bought him the woman said she would dump him in the woods so we are grateful to the elderly lady who brought him into us.”

For over 33 years Dogs Trust has been saying that “A Dog is For Life, Not Just for Christmas®” yet so many children and their parents still consider a puppy as a suitable present. Research*from the charity revealed that over a third of children asked for a puppy as a present and worryingly 16% of parents would have bought one if their child put it on their list.

Both Scrabble and Cluedo are now in safe hands and will be looking for new homes in the New Year. Anyone interested in rehoming the puppies should contact Dogs Trust Canterbury for Cluedo on 01227 792 505 or Dogs Trust Leeds for Scrabble on 0113 281 4920. 

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