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'Be careful - there are bad people out there trying to make a profit out of dogs'

A warning from Dogs Trust Ireland as the charity receives 297 surrender requests since Christmas Day, a 73 percent increase on the same period last year.

The charity says some owners have been victims of "dog-fishing"- where a puppy purchased online arrives and looks nothing like its picture.

'Lack of time' was the biggest reason for surrendering the dog to Ireland's Dog's Trust, says Operations Manager, Maciej Trojanowicz.

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