Help for aban­doned dogs

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There is light at the end of the tun­nel for aban­doned dogs.

A new char­ity launched last month aims to care for the 11,000 dogs dumped ev­ery year.

The Pedi­gree Adop­tion Char­i­ta­ble Trust is a reg­is­tered New Zealand char­ity which will do­nate money to an­i­mal shelters like the SPCA to help house thou­sands of dogs.

SPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Robyn Kip­pen­berger says it is sad that New Zealand is pro­duc­ing more pup­pies than needed.

“Peo­ple can’t cope and re­sort to drown­ing them in rivers, putting them in dust­bins and dump- ing them in card­board boxes on beaches,” she says.

Pound dogs are of­ten put down af­ter the statu­tory seven days.

“We don’t have a lot of op­tions but to keep them in their cages most of the day.

“Re­ally it’s like be­ing in prison,” Ms Kip­pen­beerger says.

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