Dogs Aren't Xmas Presents

It's the time of year again we're being discouraged from giving pets as Christmas presents. The Dogs Trust have started their campaign by revealing some of the strangest reasons they've had for people giving up their dogs.

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The Dogs Trust launch their annual Christmas campaign - full report by Chris Halpin

It's the time of year again we're being discouraged from giving pets as Christmas presents. The Dogs Trust have started their campaign by revealing some of the strangest reasons they've had for people giving up their dogs.

One owner returned theirs because it "smelled of dog" and another in Shrewsbury was given back because he was too thin. The number of abandoned dogs is on the rise, down partly they say to the recession, and people buying puppies online. Chris Halpin reports.

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More dogs waiting to be re-homed in the New Year

Bubba the Black Labrador cross has been at the centre for three weeks
Bubba the Black Labrador cross has been at the centre in Shrewsbury for three weeks Credit: ITV Central

The Dogs Trust have applied a ban on people taking dogs home during the Christmas period.

They've set up the self imposed controls to ensure people do not give rescue dogs to people as Christmas presents.

The centre take in dogs of all breeds and ages
The centre take in dogs of all breeds and ages Credit: ITV Central

The Dogs Trust Centre in Shrewsbury is already at capacity, and despite the warnings they expect to be inundated with unwanted puppies and dogs after Christmas and in the New Year.

There are currently 138 dogs at the site, which can take a maximum of 140 animals
There are currently 138 dogs at the site, which can take a maximum of 140 animals Credit: ITV Central

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"Too thin" dog handed over to Shrewsbury Dogs' Home

A whippet like Noah, a dog handed in to the Shrewsbury dogs' home Credit: Jessica Hill/AP/Press Association Images

The Dogs Trust charity is launching its annual Christmas campaign, which made famous the phrase "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas".

This year they have published a list of the strangest reasons given for handing over a dog to the charity.

In Shrewsbury, a whippet called Noah was handed back to the centre just 24 hours after being rehomed - his new owner claimed "he was too thin". The owner was also upset that Noah had chewed a door handle.