Dogs handed in that don’t match decor

JAN­UARY 2009

The Argus - - NEWS -

A dog is handed into the LSPCA be­cause it ‘didn’t match’ the owner’s fur­ni­ture, the an­i­mal char­ity re­veals.

LSPCA in­spec­tor, Fiona Squibb, says she has nearly 30 dogs and pups handed in since the week be­fore Christ­mas.

‘ There have been some un­be­liev­able ex­cuses from own­ers, such as that it didn’t match the fur­ni­ture, and an­other that they couldn’t put up a Christ­mas tree be­cause the dog was jump­ing up and pulling it down.

‘ This is a case of peo­ple sim­ply not look­ing at the type of dog they are get­ting, es­pe­cially if it is a pup. When it gets big­ger, they are not just able to look af­ter it.’

Pets also be­come the lat­est vic­tims of the re­ces­sion as many peo­ple find they sim­ply can­not af­ford to keep a dog. As a re­sult, an­i­mals are aban­doned on road­sides or tied to posts.

‘We are find­ing dogs ev­ery­where and we ap­peal to own­ers not to just aban­don them, but take them to us, or leave them in with a vet, and they will be handed in for re-hom­ing,’ the in­spec­tor con­tin­ues.

The LSPCA is very suc­cess­ful in find­ing new homes, work­ing with an­i­mal char­i­ties in Scot­land and Eng­land to place unwanted dogs with new own­ers.

‘I’ve just re­turned from tak­ing 20 dogs to Dogs Trust in Scot­land.’

Fiona ap­peals to lo­cal peo­ple to sup­port the LSPCA by tak­ing part in the fos­ter­ing pro­gramme.

‘If some­one can take a dog for a few days, or a week un­til we find a per­ma­nent home for them, it would be an in­cred­i­ble help to us.’

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