Could Paul O’Grady come to the rescue of Sunderland’s abandoned dogs?

Sarah Wilkinson and Ziggy at Cleadon Kennels, Cleadon.

Sarah Wilkinson and Ziggy at Cleadon Kennels, Cleadon.

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A KENNEL boss is hoping a TV show about abandoned dogs will inspire Wearsiders to give a dog a home.

For the Love of Dogs sees host Paul O’Grady visit Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to try and find new families for abandoned pets.

File photo dated 3/10/2011 of TV star Paul O'Grady has told how he broke his self-imposed contract on his new TV show For The Love Of Dogs. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 28, 2012. The entertainer says he insisted on a clause forbidding him from taking home an animal when filming the ITV1 documentary, which was filmed in Battersea Dogs And Cats Home.  See PA story SHOWBIZ OGrady. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

File photo dated 3/10/2011 of TV star Paul O'Grady has told how he broke his self-imposed contract on his new TV show For The Love Of Dogs. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 28, 2012. The entertainer says he insisted on a clause forbidding him from taking home an animal when filming the ITV1 documentary, which was filmed in Battersea Dogs And Cats Home. See PA story SHOWBIZ OGrady. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Since the first episode was aired on ITV1 last week, the London-based kennels has reported a rise in the number of families wanting to provide new homes.

It is now hoped that the show will have a ripple effect on others seeking to re-home an animal.

Sarah Wilkinson, of Cleadon Kennels, said: “Things like this normally last for a couple of weeks then die down, but there’s been no major increase as of yet.”

Many abandoned dogs’ homes blame hard financial times for people deserting their pets, but the Cleadon canine lover disagreed.

She said: “Most smokers don’t give up their cigarettes in hard times and most drinkers won’t give up their lager either.

“These are ridiculous excuses.”

The kennels see up to 30 dogs a week coming through their doors.

“Some people will pay more than £300 for a brand new ‘designer’ cross breed dog, which are basically just mongrels at the end of the day,” Sarah said.

“It costs just £40 to rehome our dogs, who have also already been microchipped.”

Sarah also added that authorities need to crack down on people failing to take responsibility for their pets.

“People who have their dogs microchipped should then legally have to take the cost, whether it be for kennels or destruction costs in case someone got bitten,” she said.

For more information on Cleadon Kennels, visit www.cleadonkennels.webs.com or phone 529 2369.

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