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Friday 23 June 2017

'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

Little Holly started life as an
Little Holly started life as an "unwanted Christmas gift" Photo: DSPCA
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

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.

DSPCA received these four puppies who were bred for selling online Photo: DSPCA
DSPCA received these four puppies who were bred for selling online Photo: DSPCA

"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.”

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