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Puppy Gretal dumped at Christmas - charity reminder that 'a dog's for life'

The Dogs Trust is urging people to consider the demands a puppy can have on family life with its iconic slogan, 'a dog is for life, not just for Christmas'.

It comes as an eight-week-old puppy was found abandoned in Craigavon. Named Gretal, staff at the Dogs Trust believe she was possibly bought as a Christmas present and then callously abandoned when the realities of life with a puppy became evident.

She was found in the earlier hours of the morning suggesting she had spent the night alone in the freezing temperatures to fend for herself.

Gretal was first sent to the Armagh Dog Pound in the hope she was just lost and her family had been searching for her.

However, when it became evident that was not the case, she was moved to the Dogs Trust in Ballymena for rehoming.

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Dogs Trust Ballymena Rehoming Centre manager, Oonagh Phillips, said: "It’s very possible that Gretal may have been bought as a Christmas present and dumped when her owners realised the work involved in looking after a puppy.

"Our centre looks after thousands of abandoned and unwanted dogs every year but it still shocks us to think that someone could so callously abandon a puppy.”

“This year is the 38th anniversary of Dogs Trust’s iconic slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ and sadly it’s as true today as when it was first coined.

"Every year we see a number of dogs handed into our rehoming centres in the days and weeks following Christmas when the appeal of a cute puppy has worn off.

"It seems that people are still giving puppies as Christmas presents without considering the long term ramifications. Dogs can provide a world of happiness and enjoyment, and we urge anyone considering a new addition to the family to think it through properly and care for the dogs for life, its’ entire life.”

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