Animal rescue center receives ‘several calls per week’ to welcome abandoned ‘death row dogs’
The owner of an animal rescue center has revealed he receives ‘several calls a week’ to welcome ‘death row dogs’ abandoned by their unscrupulous owners.
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a sharp increase in the number of people buying dogs to keep them company at home, but with the easing of lockdown restrictions, hundreds of puppies are being sold or turned over to rescue centers.
However, with many rescue centers already at full capacity thanks to “ buyer’s remorse, ” vet Rory Cowlam warned: “ I’m afraid euthanasia will become the only option. Most rescues have a “no kill” policy, but once they’re complete, they’re complete. ”
Meanwhile, Niall Lester, co-founder of the New Hope Animal Rescue Center in Kent, told the Sunday Telegraph, it is unlikely that many animals will be adopted by rescue centers that have developed behavioral problems, such as separation anxiety, because they were not properly socialized during the pandemic.
An animal rescue center receives ‘several calls a week’ to welcome ‘death row dogs’ abandoned by their unscrupulous owners. Stock image
“ And it’s the dogs with behavioral issues, or the ones that look a little weird, that are less likely to be housed. ”
In January, it was reported that Hundreds of “locked puppies” are resold or handed over to rescue centers, as myopic owners struggle to cope within months of their purchase.
Sellers flooded pet websites with ads for dogs between the ages of six and 12 months, many admitting they didn’t have the time or money to take care of them.
Additionally, research by Itch, a pet welfare expert, found that nearly three-quarters of Britons surveyed who brought in a ‘locked puppy’ fear their pet will have separation issues once that life will return to normal.
The Covid pandemic has seen a huge increase in the number of people buying dogs to keep them company at home (Stock Image)
The study also found that 40% of new dog owners experienced regret about their purchase, with one in five not doing the work necessary to raise and care for a puppy.
Flood rescue centers abandoned by owners ‘lockdown puppies’
Hundreds of puppies bought during the pandemic are resold or handed over to rescue centers.
In early January, sellers flooded pet websites with listings for dogs between the ages of six and 12 months.
Many homeowners admitted that they didn’t have the time or money to look after them.
Puppy prices have jumped to over £ 3,000 for some breeds last year as many people have started working from home or been on leave.
Dozens of ads have now appeared on sites like Pets4you and Preloved as owners hope to recoup their fees.
More than 1,800 people have called the Dogs Trust in the past three months, wanting to hand over dogs under one year old.
The charity received 114 calls on December 27 and 28 alone, including for 19 puppies under nine months old.
The RSPCA said it was “ really concerned ” that so many dogs were being resold and that it was “ preparing ” to abandon more animals.
Lester said: ‘I get several calls a week from vets saying,’ This young dog was brought in to be asleep because he suffers from separation anxiety or is possessive about toys and food and has bitten because he did not receive the right advice ” ”.
Many rescue centers are already at full capacity thanks to “buyer’s remorse”, while themselves facing unprecedented budget cuts and financial strains.
Stray animals can often end up in the council’s pound, but animals can only be kept for seven days.
If not claimed, animals can be sold or disposed of at will.
Meanwhile, Lester has warned the problem will only get worse with the opening of bars and restaurants inside starting next week, with all legal restrictions set to end on June 21.
He said: ‘The majority of these owners just want to get rid of the problem …
“ Unfortunately, I’m planning a lot more euthanasia later in the year when the problems start to stem from the mistakes people have made. ”
In March, Sylvia Van Atta, co-founder of Many Tears, near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, said the influx of abandoned dogs taken to their center due to the lockdown was a ‘nightmare’.
Appearing on ITV, she explained that the center is struggling to survive due to the sheer number of animals that have been abandoned by their owners who bought them on a whim during the pandemic.
She said several animals arrived at the center with behavioral issues because the owners did not train them properly, while many more sent them away after realizing they couldn’t afford the animal.
Sylvia said puppies as young as 18 weeks had come to the center after being sold three times already on social media – with designer dogs such as Cockapoos being one of the more common breeds to give up.
“It’s really tough and it’s been a real struggle to keep going,” she said.
“ We’re trying our best to make it work and the staff have been great, but it’s just a nightmare to be honest. ”
She said the animals were so poorly trained when they first arrive with a new owner that they become ‘unsaleable’ and have to be taken to a rescue center.
“ They were sold on various social media sites until they weren’t salable, because they are untrained and they have a problem and people dare not sell them when ‘they have a big problem, so they give them to us’.
Erica, 36, who lives alone in a small apartment in south London, admitted she was unprepared for the challenges of owning a dog during the pandemic.
In January, she told Femail that she has been working from home as a digital manager since the pandemic began, and in September, adopted the 10-month-old Peanut Terrier Mix.
After learning she was not an ‘ideal candidate’ as she tried to bring a puppy back to the UK – with a tiny house and no garden – Erica turned to charities working abroad and rescued Peanut from Cyprus.
While happy with her decision to adopt Peanut, Erica regrets not preparing properly for owning a dog, admitting that she sometimes worries that the animal won’t have the life it wants with little room to run.
She was also frustrated with Peanut’s slow training and disobedience, saying she didn’t expect the animal to be such a financial burden at £ 60 and £ 100 per month.