Woodbridge: Kennels overrun with abandoned dogs as owners struggle through hard times
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Hard times for pet owners in Suffolk have led to a surge in abandonments and left rescue shelters stretched to capacity, kennel staff have said.
Pampered Pets in Hacheston near Woodbridge is currently seeking homes for nine dogs, two of which had been rescued after being thrown from a moving van in the Deben area.
Kennel maid Emma White said a Jack Ruseell had died because of the “horrendous” cruelty and that she expected the problem to worsen over the coming period.
“I’m just desperate,” she said.
“We’re full up and we’re expecting a lot more at the end of December, early January time.”
While many of the dogs have been rescued after being abandoned, Ms White says she has also received increasing numbers of pets from owners who have fallen on hard times and can no longer afford to look after them.
“We are having a lot of conversations with people who have lost their jobs - I’ve taken on four dogs under those circumstances,” she said.
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Despite the strain on resources, Ms White has praised those pet owners for showing the responsibility to find a home for their dog rather than simply discarding of them.
Pampered Pets is currently housing a wide variety of breeds including terriers, Jack Russells and rotweillers aged from 10 months through to eight years.
“If people don’t think that they could offer a home to one of our dogs, then a kind donation would be greatly received to get us through this busy time,” Ms White added.
The centre, off Easton Road, is open from 11am to 3pm seven days a week.
To find out more about adopting one of its rescue dogs contact the kennels on 01728 747760 or visit the website at www.pamperedpets.co.uk