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Easter warning to dog owners

Dogs should not be given chocolate Credit: ITV
A warning not to give Easter treats to your dog. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An animal charity is reminding pet owners not to give their dogs chocolate over Easter, or at any other time, because it can kill them.

The PDSA surveyed thousands of pet owners. In the North East, more than a fifth owned up to feeding their dogs the treat.


Daisy the dog needs a home

Families are being urged to think hard about whether they can afford a dog before getting one.

In the last 3 years the number of people telling Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter they can't afford their pet has risen by 24%.

Daisy was found as a stray and brought in by the dog warden but no one claimed her.

The Shelter's Chief Executive Leyla Rutter and Daisy came into the studio to talk about how much it costs to own a dog

If you would like more information please contact Leyla Rutter at Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

Families urged to check finances before getting a dog

Families thinking of getting a pet dog are being urged to check they can afford the new addition in the long term.

Experts are worried more people are abandoning their pets because they don't realise the costs involved with their care.

As David Wood reports, food, pet insurance and visits to the vets add up and can leave people struggling to pay the bills.

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