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Charity fears it will be inundated with abandoned 'pandemic' dogs over winter

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Beans was found shivering and wet after being abandoned

Beans was found shivering and wet after being abandoned

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Beans was found shivering and wet after being abandoned

Dogs Trust fears the Covid-19 lockdown has sparked an alarming increase in the number of dogs being abandoned or surrendered, after it rescued a terrified terrier left tied to a fence near its rehoming centre.

The healthy terrier cross, believed to be around four-years-old, was spotted by a passing motorist on Friday night and was shivering and wet.

It was subsequently turned over to the charity's rehoming centre in Finglas, where it received veterinary care.

The dog has since been named Beans due to its lively personality and the charity is confident it will find a home.

While the story had a happy ending, Dogs Trust spokeswoman Corina Fitzsimons said the charity is becoming increasingly concerned other pets will end up being dumped.

She said the trust has experienced an increase in the number of people seeking to surrender their dogs over the past two months.

Dogs Trust received 187 surrender requests in August and September, an increase of 68pc over the summer.

While the figures are on par with requests last year, Ms Fitzsimons fears the numbers are starting to creep up after the charity saw a surge in the number of people looking to adopt puppies and dogs during the lockdown.

Impulse

"During the lockdown we were getting more than 400 requests for adoption every week, when normally we be getting about 68," she said.

Now that the lockdown has eased and people may not have the time to walk their dogs or otherwise care for them, the charity is bracing for a rise in the number of unwanted dogs over the winter.

"It reiterates our worries that people got a dog on impulse and didn't think about their return to normal life or if they can afford it," Ms Fitzsimons said.

Some people may also be tempted to give up their dogs if there is an issue with their training or behaviour.

However, they can get help by logging on to the charity's online dog training course. Details are available at dogstrust.ie.