Make it a yappy new year for puppies abandoned in Hull at Christmas (video)
IT IS supposed to be the season of goodwill.
But for ten puppies, it was not the start to life they were looking for after being abandoned over Christmas.
The puppies, a litter of six staffie crosses and a litter of four rottweilers, were handed over to Hull Animal Welfare Trust after their owners became unable to look after them.
The litters both came in with their parents.
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Staffie mum Coco and her one-day-old puppies arrived at the centre on December 19.
They are being looked after in a foster home so they can grow strong and remain free from infection, before going to the South Cave shelter to be re homed.
Dad Junior remains at the Hull Animal Welfare Trust.
Sue Sewell, chairwoman of the Hull Animal Welfare Trust, said: "It is heartbreaking.
"If I could say anything to people it would be to please neuter your dogs.
"There are far too many unwanted dogs at the moment.
"The puppies are with foster parents so they can grow and be looked after in a secure and safe environment while they are so young.
"Our foster carers are really important to us.
"It is a hard job.
"These puppies are with Sue West, who has done a brilliant job for us for years.
"She brings the puppies on so well. She socialises them and she is fantastic."
Mrs Sewell, who has been involved with Hull Animal Welfare for 26 years, said before taking in an animal, people should check they are able to look after it.
She said: "People should really look at their finances before even thinking of having an animal.
"They are expensive to own with vets fees and feeding, so people should really think about things first and really look at their finances."
The rottweiler puppies arrived at the Sunnydene Animal Shelter on December 28 with their mum Tia. Dad Bo also had to be taken to the shelter after his owner was not able to look after him either.
The puppies are now six weeks old.
Mrs Sewell said: "We had absolutely no option but to take these puppies in.
"We had no foster home to place them in so we did the next best thing and called Rottweiler Rescue, who will take care of them."
Mrs Sewell said this time of the year has been historically bad for people dumping animals.
She said there were a host of excuses people used.
"It is a pattern," she said.
"By the time we get to the middle of November, we just get call after call.
"People say they want their cats and dogs out.
"They say they want a new year and a fresh start, or they are decorating and the dog doesn't go with it.
"One year I counted how many calls about dogs we took from November to Christmas and it was 70.
"That's when people start thinking they want their pets out.
"It has followed the same pattern for years."
The shelter is currently full with unwanted and abandoned animals.
A particular problem is also the number of cats which are arriving without homes and with litters of kittens.
Mrs Sewell said: "Please, please neuter your cats.
"That goes for male cats, too.
"A lot of people don't think they need to neuter male cats but they do."
Anyone who would like to contact the Hull Animal Welfare Trust to adopt an animal can call 01430 423986.