A dog rescue centre in Awsworth has said it is at full capacity and struggling to cope after a recent influx of pregnant dogs.
Babbington Rescue Centre owner Tony Sanderson blamed tough economic times, claiming that dog owners are having a go at breeding in a bid to earn cash – but backing out when it is too late.
He said that pregnant dogs take up much more of his staff’s time than other pets brought in to the Westby Lane kennels, meaning staff have had to turn away more and more.
Those turned away are often killed at dog pounds.
Babbington has had four pregnant dogs brought in over the last couple of weeks usually receiving just three or four a year.
“It’s all do to with the economic situation,” said Mr Sanderson.
“We started getting more last year, but it’s really stepped up this year.
“We think it’s because there are more people deciding to try their hand at breeding to make some money out of it.”
Mr Sanderson explained that people hear of friends breeding their dogs and making cash out of selling the puppies and think it is a good idea.
But they back out when it is too late, worried about complications, expenses, and temperamental pets, he said.
Pregnant dogs tie the kennels up for ten to 14 weeks, instead of just three or four.
“This will mean four dogs being unable to get into the rescue, most of those will end up in black bags,” he said.
He called on our local councils to promote neutering and give subsidies to local vets.
“We need councils lobbying the Government for legislation to ensure all dogs not with a licensed breeded to be neutered at 12 months,” he asked.
Anybody interested in rehoming a dog should call Tony on 07725 315375 or drop into Babbington Rescue Centre to find out more about what is required.