SCORES of unwanted puppies given as Christmas presents are being dumped by their owners.
An animal shelter has been inundated with as many as 16 puppies a week during January, including a Staffordshire bull terrier kept in a cupboard most of her life.
Nicky Owen, from North Clwyd Animal Rescue Centre, based in Trelogan, near Holywell, said the 10-week-old puppy was rescued from the Flint area.
She said: “Sky is a beautiful brindle Staffie and she has already had one broken leg, as well as her two other legs damaged with muscle wastage after she was locked in a cupboard under the stairs for most of her life.
“She is only three-months-old.
“A mum, dad and three puppies were found in a box on the side of a main road in Gronant.
“Abandoning the puppies in this manner meant if the puppies had not been found when they were, they would not have made it through the night.
“We have also had a 10-week-old Spaniel puppy called Sam who was covered in mange on his arrival here.
The shelter is struggling to cope with the influx of animals.
Nicky said: “January has seen a huge increase in the number of puppies coming in.
“Many of these were given as Christmas presents that have now been discarded or litters that breeders have been unable to sell in the run up to Christmas.
“We are seeing more and more cases like these coming in.
“We are so full at present at our rescue, we are finding it difficult to find spaces to help these dogs, even some of our staff are taking them home.
“We are appealing for dog lovers to visit the centre or check our website. If you have been looking for a dog now is the time.
“It is distressing to see that people are still giving puppies as Christmas presents.”
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