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Hundreds Of Puppies Bought During Lockdown Are Now Being Disowned

Hundreds Of Puppies Bought During Lockdown Are Now Being Disowned

During lockdown, there is no doubt that having a pet has offered comfort to a lot of people.

But as rates of dog adoptions soared last March, charities warned that there could be increased rates of animals being given up, too.

And sure enough, The Dogs Trust are now tragically reporting that they have received more than 1,800 calls in the last three months, according to The Times.

Between the 27th and the 28th December alone, the charity state they had 114 calls, and had to re-home as many as 19 puppies aged under the age of nine months old.

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Dogs are being re-homed at alarming rates (Credit: Unsplash)
Dogs are being re-homed at alarming rates (Credit: Unsplash)

You don't have to look hard to see the impact of these lockdown pup purchases over the last few months, as pet selling websites are beginning to fill up, too.

Several of the animals listed are between six months and a year old, and some prices are as high as £3000, seeing as people are trying to get the price they spent for the animals.

The problem, the charity says, is that people were 'impulse buying' the pooches before fully considering the long-term commitment that having a pet entailed.

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The Kennel Club report that one in five owners who bought or adopted puppies during lockdown hadn't considered the responsibilities that came with it.

The RSPCA, who say they are expecting more puppies in the coming weeks, said: "We were worried that many families who found themselves at home with time on their hands during lockdown would make impulse decisions to take on pets - and now, just a few months on, would be seeking to rehome their new dogs after realising how much commitment they are, having run into financial difficulties due to the pandemic, or because they've returned to work and no longer have time for them."

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Meanwhile, Adam Clowes, operations director for the Dogs Trust added: "All that initial lockdown excitement - 'We are never going to have to go into the office again, let's get a dog!' We are now seeing the consequence of that."

Please, everyone, as we head towards another few months of Covid restrictions, remember that a dog is for life.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Dog, Life News, Pets, Coronavirus, Animals, Covid-19

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