Dog rescue centres across our region are telling us that once again they are being inundated with pets already discarded after being bought as Christmas presents.
Here is the tale of a canine with a rather special reason for needing a new home and some tender loving care.
From Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home, Victoria Grimes reports.
Manchester Dogs' home is trying to find a foster home for a two legged Jack Russell. Its aiming to raise 2 and a half thousand pounds for a prosthetic limb for Terry after he was injured as a puppy.
Merseyside Police has welcomed two new recruits to the force’s dog section this year.
Police dogs Gemma and Champ, both Labrador Retriever crosses, were donated to the force by Guide Dogs Liverpool, who noticed their potential to be police dogs when undertaking training at their centre.
Both dogs underwent extensive training at the force’s specialist dog section and are now working as sniffer dogs, trained to find drugs, firearms and cash under the guidance of their handlers Constable Si Coley and Constable Steve Martin.
Dog Section Inspector, Mark Fallows said: "Both dogs have been a real asset to the department and in a few short weeks, both have already made key drugs finds.
"It’s great to know that our partners in other agencies, such as Guide Dogs Liverpool, are able to spot qualities in a dog, that while aren't suited in a guide dog, will help to make a great police dog.
"We work closely with Guide Dogs Liverpool and are delighted that the dogs they have provided to us have passed their training and are now helping to us to keep the streets of Merseyside safe.”
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Vets in Blackpool have managed to save a Jack Russell with a taste for gravel after she swallowed up to 80 pieces from the garden which nearly killed her.
An x-ray of 'Star's' stomach stunned staff at the PDSA in the resort after revealing the seven year old dog had wolfed down huge quantities of gravel - with dozens of them littered in her stomach.
Lesley Davidson from Preston was strolling on Blackpool promenade when she was mauled by a pit-bull type dog. Her friend was also bitten.
Lesley needed two operations, including a skin graft. The attack's led to more calls for the government to strengthen its plans to control dangerous dogs.
The Labour & Co-operative MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger, has told the House of Commons that new proposed laws to tackle dangerous dogs do not go far enough. She also read out the names of 16 victims who have lost their lives in dog attacks.
She has been campaigning for a change in dangerous dog laws since the death of four-year-old John Paul Massey in 2009. As well as John-Paul Massey, the list of victims include 79-year-old pensioner Clifford Clarke, who was killed by a dog in Liverpool just two weeks ago.