Hull dog centre's plea for Staffie homes
A RESCUE centre in east Hull has become inundated with Staffordshire bull terriers.
Kennel owner Norma Anderson said it has become a "big problem" and they have 15 full Staffies and four cross-breeds at East Carr Rescue Centre, off Saltshouse Road.
There is a total of 33 abandoned dogs at the kennels and staff have seen an increase in the past few years.
Norma, 74, said: "Since the police stopped taking in stray dogs, we've had a lot more come in and Staffordshire bull terriers are really hard to home.
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"As soon as you hear of one of them being aggressive, they are dumped, but a lot of them make great pets.
"It's not nice to see them abandoned but it's rewarding when they find new homes, especially when they've been with us for quite a while.
"We also have them chipped and provide neutering vouchers.
"It's no life living in a kennel for a long time."
Norma said she was woken up by dogs barking nearby a few weeks ago and had a look to see if any had been abandoned near to the centre.
She said: "I looked outside and couldn't see anything but I wasn't going to go wandering down the lane in my dressing gown.
"It was only in the morning when a neighbour came and said two Staffies had been tied up but one had gotten loose and was chasing her car.
"Between us, we managed to pull them in to join the others. It's very sad to see but we do what we can to find them a home."
Norma opened the rescue centre in 1994 with her late husband Terry – who had retired from the police force.
She has own dogs and felt sorry for strays being put down.
Norma said: "I will keep the centre open and it's quite well-known in the area now, the only day we shut is Christmas Day because we need to be open.
"It would be a problem if we weren't here because some places don't take in Staffordshire bull terriers.
"We're going to do all we can to find them new homes."
East Carr Rescue in East Carr Road is open seven days a week for visitors from 9am to 4pm.
For more information, call Norma and the team on 01482 701738.
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