New research suggests that rising costs are leading to more cases of dogs being abandoned and needing new homes.
A survey suggests that in the north west one in ten owners would consider giving up their dog for financial reasons.
Both Manchester and Liverpool are in the top ten cities for dog abandonment.
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Sunday evening's forecast for the NW with Emma Jesson.
High pressure is in charge for the start of the week, a couple of fronts introducing dampness at times. Clear spells developing Sunday night
Sunny start to Sunday, feeling chilly. Patchy cloud further east, temperatures soon lifting. Fine afternoon