A kennel boss is overrun with dogs because no one wants to rehome them.
Cleadon Kennels say they are at at bursting point and manager Aimee Everest is begging people to consider giving a home to a stray.
Aimee says some of the animals have been there since March – much longer than the week-long stay which is recommended before they are destroyed.
In particular, lurchers and Staffordshire Bull Terrier are breeds which need to find new adoptive families
Aimee said: “We’re totally swamped at the moment, especially with lurchers and Staffies. No one wants them.
“We have more than 30 dogs in at the moment, that’s our maximum. We’re at bursting point.”
She added: “The council recommends that we only keep them a week but I’ve been trying to hand some over to charities to help look after them and free up space here.
“But a lot of them I’ve had in since March and I’m desperate to find them homes.”
Aimee also had four dogs returned to the kennels, in Cleadon Lane, Cleadon, last week by prospective owners.
Some of the reasons the animals were brought back, she says, were ‘ridiculous’.
She said: “One person brought a dog back and said it’s because they were pulling on the lead too much, which is just silly.
“It wasn’t even given a chance.
“These dogs have been in kennels, they need people to spend a little bit of time spent with them and they need time to get used to their new families.”
Aimee believes the problems she’s having are caused by people wanting small designer dogs.
She added: “These little dogs are trendy at the moment, so the bigger dogs don’t get a look in.
“But they can make wonderful pets too and they deserve a chance.”
There’s a £50 fee to rehome a dog, but this also includes a free neutering voucher, free microchipping and a month’s free insurance.
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