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Arrival of abandoned dogs take Dog's Trust to full capacity

Jingle and Bell

The Dog's Trust in Leeds never puts a healthy dog down. But they take dogs from the pound - where the animals are given seven days to find a rescue space.

With the recent arrival of Jingle and Bell, who were found abandoned in a quarry, the trust is full. That means they can't take dogs from the pound until someone rehomes one of their dogs.

The centre has seen 18 per cent fewer dogs rehomed this year and managers are appealing for suitable new owners to come forward.

Dogs need homes

We have been speaking to Matt Howden from the Dogs Trust in Leeds as they say around a hundred dogs need homes. Many are at the shelter for genuine reasons, including deaths in the family and financial difficulties. Since Christmas 20 dogs have arrived at the centre.

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Charity looks after extra dogs after Christmas

Dogs Trust say they are busy over the festive period Credit: Calendar

The shelter in Leeds of charity Dogs Trust says they are full with dogs to look after following the festive period. They say most families look to take on a new pet in the New Year, so it means they have struggled to cope with the number of animals to look after recently.

The dogs all need housing Credit: Calendar

Finding a new home for four-year-old Jamie

Four-year-old Jamie was found half-starved Credit: Dogs Trust

The Dog Trust’s Rehoming Centre in Leeds is on the lookout for a new home for Jamie, a 4-year-old Staffie found in a half-starved state on the side of one of Leeds’ busiest roads.

When Jamie was found he was so weak he could not stand, he was extremely malnourished and dehydrated and his eyes were so badly infected he could not open them. He weighed 6.5 kg which, compared with Staffie’s that usually weigh between 13-20 kg at that age, was shockingly underweight.

His spine was also very arched but with the help of Dogs Trust Leeds, it is starting to straighten and he is well on his way to recovery and almost back to full health. If you can help, head to the Dogs Trust website.