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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A bright start to Sunday - a much fresher than Saturday. Cloud slowly bubbles up, dry for much of the day, but shower later
18-year-old shop worker Christian Trouesdale carried the elderly man's shopping home from an Aldi supermarket in Horwich.
Fine on Saturday night, dry with patchy grass frost. Bright, fresh start on Sunday, wintry showers over hills later