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Friday 21 December 2012 Updated: 31/12 08:33
THE FAMOUS Dogs Trust slogan says ‘A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas’, but many heartless dog owners are finding the most bizarre reasons to dump their dogs.
From not matching the sofa, to wanting to exchange it for a smaller one, Dogs Trust has revealed that dogs of all shapes and sizes are being handed in just for being dogs.
Over the last 12 months the charity has cared for over 16,000 dogs and many have been handed in to its network of 18 rehoming centres in the UK - including Kenilworth - for a wealth of reasons from the ludicrous to the downright strange.
With Christmas fast approaching, the charity is bracing itself for the influx of unwanted ‘presents’ that will also be handed into the already overflowing rehoming centres and is urging people to remember that A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas.
Bizarre reasons and excuses owners gave for dumping their dogs have included barking at butterflies, not matching a sofa, not being able to do tricks, keeps passing wind, and smelling of dog.
Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust CEO, said: "We see a number of dogs handed into our rehoming centres in the days and weeks following Christmas when the appeal of a cute puppy has worn off.
"It seems that people are still giving puppies as Christmas presents without considering the long term ramifications.
"Dogs can provide a world of happiness and enjoyment, and we urge anyone considering a new addition to the family to think it through properly and remember that the only place a puppy should be is on the outside of the wrapping paper, not inside it.”
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