The UK's biggest dog welfare charity, the Dogs Trust, is again reminding people not to buy pets as presents,
We report from kennels where the manager is calling for tighter laws to deal with the problem.
Here is the full report from Claire Montgomery.
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Clear weather develops overnight into Monday. Cold days and frosty nights. Mainly dry inland - but a wintry risk continuing in the east
Icy first thing and windy, with wintry showers lingering further south, especially at the coast. Brighter elsehwere
Emma brings you Saturday's forecast