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Biggin Hill charity warning over number of unwanted Staffies

PUBLISHED: 17:25 02 June 2011

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A litter of nine unwanted Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies are the latest awaiting new homes at Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre as thousands continue to flood into similar centres nationwide.

The pups, who are now nine weeks old, were taken in by the Biggin Hill charity, along with their mother, at just four weeks.

The number of unwanted Staffies ending up in animal rescue centres across the UK has soared in the last five years, says the charity, particularly in urban areas where many of these dogs are bred as ‘status dogs’ or for fighting.

The increase means that up to 80 per cent of calls received by the charity’s dog team are now from Staffie owners who feel unable to cope and want their dogs rehomed.

While some dogs are brought to the centre by their owners, others are dumped in its car park or abandoned elsewhere. The charity has rehomed dozens already this year but doesn’t have the resources to keep up with the demand.

Foal Farm chief executive Kim Puttock says: “People often don’t realise how much attention and exercise a young Staffie needs.

“Staffies and staffie cross dogs have had a really bad press but they are essentially good-natured dogs. It is when they are in the hands of irresponsible owners that problems arise. The majority of Staffies that are brought to us could make perfectly good pets with the right owners.”

n For more on Staffie puppies and other animals needing homes at Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre, visit www.foalfarm.org.uk email: info@foalfarm.org.uk or call: 01959 572 386.

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