HARD-UP Wearside families are being forced to dump their dogs because they can’t afford to keep them, according to kennel bosses.
Cleadon Kennels, in Cleadon Lane, has seen an increase in the number of pedigrees and cross breeds coming in since Christmas.
Lily, a Staffordshire bull terrier, which was rescued after being found in a bin in Southwick, is one of about 40 currently at the kennels.
Others have been found wandering the streets, tied up or handed in by owners who could not cope.
Cleadon Kennels, which looks after dogs collected by council wardens across Sunderland, said dogs like Jackhuahuas and Yorkiepoos, are coming in more frequently.
Families have paid up to £800 for them, but have then hit problems finding the time and cash to keep caring for the animals.
The centre has also said it has seen an increase in the number of breeders in the area, as people use their dogs to make cash by selling puppies.
Aimee Everest, kennel manager of the Cleadon Lane centre, said: “We are getting more in on a daily basis on average.
“Last Monday there were 10 brought in, on Wednesday there were five.
“We are desperate for people to rehome them.
“We also need to ask people to stop looking on Facebook for their dog if it’s gone missing – they need to pick up the phone and call us.”
The Cleadon Lane kennel, which also looks after strays handed in by councils in South Tyneside and Gateshead, rehomes dogs for a £40 fee. New owners can take the dog on a month-long trial, with money returned if it does not work out, with a health check, microchipping, with the dog spayed or neutered on request.
Anyone who would like to rehome a dog, or is searching for one which has gone missing, can call the kennel on 529 2369. Rehoming inquiries can be made between 2pm and 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Anyone looking to track down their pet is welcome to ring between 9am and 6pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to noon on Sunday.