'My sister bought it for me for Christmas but I can't look after it' - DSPCA receive 'unwanted' animals
DSPCA urged public not to buy animals as gifts
The DSPCA has reminded the public not to buy animals as gifts they received many unwanted animals over the Christmas period.
One owner who handed a puppy into the DSPCA said: "My sister bought it for me for Christmas but I can't look after it."
"Little Holly has started her next chapter in life as an unwanted Christmas present. Again can we ask people to be responsible and do not buy an animal as a gift no matter what time of the year it is," said DSPCA.
The animal charity also reminded people to "adopt and don't buy" animals.
The DSPCA also received a number of puppies that were bred for Christmas presents but weren't sold.
"Bred for Christmas presents but not sold, so dumped like rubbish," they said.
"If people keep buying online, they'll keep on breeding. Be responsible."
They said they always see a huge increase in unwanted animals over the Christmas period.
“At Christmas time, some people abandon their pets because they want a new puppy or because they’re at home more and don’t want their animals around. Our intake goes up tremendously at this time every year.”