Online selling sees stray dogs on rise

By Connie Osborne Friday 13 December 2013 Updated: 13/12 09:28

A RISE in the number of pets being sold online and on social media sites has led to an increase in the number of stray dogs.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services has had an influx of dogs who cannot be returned to their owners because they have been sold or given away without paperwork or an up-to-date microchip.

WRS officers are sending at least two extra dogs a week to the kennels as there is no record of their owners.

Dog warden Pip Singleton said the rise was because free rehoming or pets for sale websites and pages on social media sites were allowing animals to be handed over to new unvetted owners.

“If we find a dog and trace its owner through the microchip and they tell us they gave it away over one of these sites, they don’t know who the new owner is,” she said.

“They also don’t want to be associated with the dog who might have been tied up outside a supermarket, in the rain for five hours.

“So we have to impound the pet and begin the process of making him or her suitable for rehoming.”

She added if people no longer wanted their pet, they should contact her and the team who would help organise a new home.

For more information or to rehome a pet call 01527 881 395.

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