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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.

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Number of abandoned dogs rises

The number of abandoned dogs picked up by council wardens in the Midlands has risen by more than 70% in the last four years.

Figures from the Dogs' Trust show on average 55 strays are found in the region each day and the charity is urging dog-lovers to consider giving an unwanted stray a second chance. Clarissa Baldwin fro the Dogs' Trust explained why the problem is getting worse.

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