A KENNEL is Cleadon is almost at bursting point after being swamped by stray dogs.
In March 80 animals have turned up at Cleadon Kennels after being found wandering the streets.
It’s impossible to say why so many of them have ended up here, but we are almost at bursting point now.Aimee Everest, kennel manager
Boss Aimee Everest has managed to rehome 40 of the dogs, but still 40 remain, and the kennel has a limit of 47 animals.
Aimee said: “I don’t know whether it’s the post Christmas effect, or they’ve just all gone wandering off, or whether they’ve been kicked out of their homes.
“It’s impossible to say why so many of them have ended up here, but we are almost at bursting point now.”
However, it’s not just cross-breeds which are turning up at the Cleadon Lane site.
Out of the 80 which have arrived this month, 65 of those have been pedigrees.
Aimee said: “A lot of the dogs are the small pedigrees, so they are dogs which people have probably paid money for.
“I don’t think people do much research into the types of dog they’re getting and they find that perhaps they’re not suitable after a few weeks.”
Aimee says that even if the animals are microchipped, it doesn’t make it any easier to reunite them with their owners.
She said: “We’ve had 34 dogs which have been microchipped this month, but it’s almost pointless.
“You ring up the numbers listed, they’re either old or the people are saying they sold the dog on Facebook or Gumtree websites, and they’re not interested.”
Aimee added: “I would urge anyone thinking about getting a new dog to come along to the kennels and give one of these dogs a chance.”
Cleadon Kennels is open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday between 2pm and 4pm to view the dogs.
If someone is interested in rehoming a dog, then it costs £50 and they get the dog on a 28-day trial.