Councils across Merseyside are calling on people to give 'paws for thought' before buying a dog this Christmas.

The calls come after a puppy was found abandoned outside a shopping centre in Sefton earlier this month.

The terrified dog was rescued by Sefton Council dog wardens, who found him wandering around Stella Precinct in Seaforth.

The puppy, now nicknamed Kenny by his rescuers, was left unclaimed and he is now being put forward for adoption to a more loving owner via the Merseyside Dogs Home.

The calls come after the Dogs Trust urged the public not to buy dogs as Christmas presents, after finding that online searches for puppies skyrocket by 44% in the countdown to Christmas.