The Dogs Trust say dogs are still being given away as Christmas presents because it's easier than ever to buy them online.
As part of their Christmas campaign, the Dogs Trust has released the strangest reasons given for handing a dog over to a rehoming centre.
The Dog's Trust reveal some of the strangest reasons they are given when dogs are handed over to them.
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.