71 dogs rescued by the RSPCA in Dorset

71 dogs rescued by the RSPCA in Dorset

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:06am 1st October 2019.

The RSPCA's rescued 71 dogs from abuse or neglect in Dorset in the last year.

Staffies are the most rescued breed but the animal charity say they're seeing a rise in designer dogs at their rehoming centres.

The number of chihuahuas coming into the RSPCA's care has gone up by 700% in the last seven years (14 in 2012 to 112 in 2018), while the number of French bulldogs is up 236%, Dachshunds are up 600% and Pomeranians are up 440%. 

The charity is also seeing more crossbreeds and breeds used for popular crosses - such as cocker spaniels and poodles - arriving in its centres as inspectors shut down puppy farms and collect abandoned dogs and puppies. 

staffie dog

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: 

"Although Staffies, lurchers, Jack Russell terriers and German shepherds are still the most common dogs coming into our centres, we are seeing a general decrease in their numbers while seeing an increase in the number of fashionable crossbreeds and so-called designer dogs like Dachshunds and French bulldogs arriving in our care.

Dachshund dog

"We know that the animals coming into our care tend to reflect general dog ownership trends and there's been a huge surge in recent years in people buying 'designer dogs' and crossbreeds such as cavachons, puggles and cockerpoos."

The RSPCA has now launched a special rehoming drive for October.

To offer an RSPCA rescue dog a new home please visitwww.rspca.org.uk/findapet to find your paw-fect match.