Shock warning over abandoned dogs in the north

Sinn Féin Councillor and pet owner Sandra Duffy has said people need to look at the pros and cons of taking on a family pet .She made her comments after a new study found that in the north 10 dogs were abandoned every day and that 11 were destroyed each week.

The report was carried out by Northern Ireland Says No to Animal Cruelty; the study said between 2013-14 over 11,000 dogs were impounded.

“We always hear around Christmas time appeals for people to think about the responsibilities of taking on a new pet into the family home and the out working’s of that. These figures are very worrying indeed and are a timely reminder if one was needed the care and attention a family pet needs” said Councillor Sandra Duffy

A pet can bring great joy into a household and give companionship particularly for anyone living on their own.

A young pup isn’t something you buy at the supermarket and discard when the novelty factor wears off.

People need to remember a pet could be part of the family for anything up to 10-15 years and as well as feeding could require vet bills and the need to get a licence from the local council.

I hope people listen to these concerns and fully think things through before purchasing a pet dog.