Dogs' home puppy plea
Manchester Dogs' Home took in hundreds of animals over Christmas, after a record number were found abandoned.
For hundreds of families the star festive attraction is a cute new puppy. But staff at the home in Harpurhey stress that new owners must start training their pets right away - or they could end up dumped by the end of the year.
Hundreds of unwanted dogs were picked up last month after being handed in or abandoned.
Home manager Lisa Graham said: "Nobody takes on a puppy with the intention of getting rid of it, but we have been taking in between 15 and 20 dogs every day. Some are in quite poor condition and have probably been wandering around for a few weeks. I think people are becoming more and more cruel. You have to get a dog trained quickly - and people think it will be easier than it actually is."
A record number of dogs have been abandoned this month and the home, which opened in 1893, took in 342 dogs between December 1 and 27, compared to 269 in the same period last year.
Lisa said the reason seemed to be that owners just wanted the animals out of their often-crowded homes over Christmas. The home is appealing for anyone who can offer an abandoned dog a new start or foster one to call 0161 277 6942.