Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Animal shelters expecting surge in abandoned pets

Animal shelters have reported a significant rise in the numbers of pets that were abandoned in the run-up to Christmas – and are now braced for another surge in the coming months as households struggle to cope with new animals as they get bigger.

Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) spokeswoman Gillian Bird said the group’s shelter in Rathfarnham, Dublin, is “full of animals” of an age which would indicate they were bred for Christmas 2012 but were subsequently discarded.

She said the DSPCA has already taken in five abandoned puppies – but that this trend does not normally begin until a month or two has passed after Christmas.

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