Animal rescue centres are already bracing themselves for a seasonal influx of unwanted pets. It's a message we hear every year - that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas. But it still doesn't seem to be getting through.
Today one charity has revealed some of the shocking reasons for animals being handed into care - including the excuse that a dog didn't match the owner's sofa.
Jacquie Bird reports:
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A combination of cloud, sunshine and showers. Temperatures rising to 19 C but heavy showers - some of them thundery - are likely later.
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Friday will start with a mix of cloud, sunny spells and showers but those showers will become heavy later with temperatures hitting 19 C