Dogs Trust received 370 requests from people looking to surrender their dog after Christmas


Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett


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The 8 week old puppies, Tayana, Tefi and Timoti and their mum, Tati

Each year Dogs Trust sees a large volume of people looking to surrender their dog after Christmas and sadly this year is no different.

Between December 26 of 2018 and January 31 of this year, the charity recorded an alarming 317 calls and 53 emails from members of public trying to relinquish their dog.

The most common reason given was that they didn’t have time to look after them anymore.

A heart-breaking case arriving last week at Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Finglas was a box of 8 week old puppies, Tayana, Tefi and Timoti and their mum, Tati who were callously dumped and left for dead in freezing temperatures, before being rescued by Dogs Trust.

Sadly, mum Tati also has a deformity in both her front legs causing them to buckle outwards, which can be very painful, especially in later life.

Her malformation is also suspected to be genetic, in which case it is very possible that her pups could also develop the chronic condition. All three puppies, and their mum Tati, will be looking for homes over the next few weeks.

Karla Dunne, Head of Operations at Dogs Trust said: "It’s so incredibly heart-breaking to see these beautiful creatures being discarded in this way with little thought for their safety or well-being.

"We’re just grateful that they were found and brought to us so that we can care for them here until they find loving homes.

"Thankfully all four of them are now thriving here and mum Tati can get the veterinary treatment she needs, but sadly many other puppies are not as fortunate and this could have been a completely different story had they not been found so quickly."

Dogs Trust operates at full capacity and offers as many places as possible to dogs from Irish pounds, as they are the ones most at risk of destruction, so unfortunately the charity is not in a position to take surrendered dogs from members of the public.