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Hunt for home for dumped terriers

Six Staffordshire Bull Terriers dumped over Christmas face a death sentence unless new homes can be found for them, a local authority said.

The animals have had the worst possible start to the new year after being left to fend for themselves and will be put down unless new homes can be found for them by the end of the week.

The abandoned dogs, two males and four females, were picked up over the holidays by Brighton and Hove City Council's animal welfare team.

The breed often faces a bad reputation but Councillor Geoffrey Theobald said they are no different to any other dog when they are born - they just need guidance and socialisation as they grow up.

"They are lovely, loyal and affectionate dogs. But they do need to go to experienced owners who will not allow them to dominate the household," he said.

"We're still hoping some of our residents come forward to offer homes for these dogs."

Each of the pets was found frightened and hungry after being dumped in various parts of the city.

One of the females, who had recently had puppies, was seen being tied to railings in a children's playground before her owners drove off.

It is the second year that the breed has featured high on the animal welfare team's rehoming list.

Anyone interested in caring for any of the Staffies should contact Brighton and Hove City Council's animal welfare team on 01273 292 445.

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