Lockdown pets dumped as cost of living drives animal rescue breaking point

Pet owners are being forced to give up their beloved as the cost of living crisis bites.

Soaring bills – including for pet food – have seen a surge in the number being dumped.

Animal shelters say they are almost at “breaking point” and are “looking after more pets than ever before”.

Helen Connelly, from Thronberry Animal Sanctuary in Sheffield, said: “We’ve never been as busy with dogs, cats, rabbits.

“We are at maximum capacity, with many staff members having dogs and cats in their own homes because we’ve ­literally run out of space.”

The cost of owning a dog has risen to almost £250 a month, or over, a study has found.

An abandoned six-month-old puppy dumped in a skip full of rubbish has been re-homed thanks to a binman's heroic rescue.

Little Duke was found buried in household waste and desperately trying to climb to the surface for air in Columbus, Ohio.

Fortunately coming to the puppy's aid was refuse worker Dave Carlson as he emptied bins outside an apartment complex in the city.

Back in Britain, a woman was shocked when her missing diamond and sapphire engagement ring turned up inside her beloved pet dog.

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Elayna Rattenbury, 38, lost the expensive ring from her bedside table but suspected her pet Labrador Stevie after he destroyed a box of tissues in her bedroom.

The legal director from Worcester then took the seven-month-old pooch to a vet, where an X-ray exposed Stevie as the culprit.

Last year saw a record number of dogs stolen across England and Wales, with London proving to be the dognapping capital and French Bulldogs proving the most at risk.

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It has now been confirmed that last year saw a record number of dogs stolen across England and Wales – 2,760 to be exact.

This represents a 13% increase from the 2,438 dogs taken in 2020.

London came out on top as the dog theft capital of the UK with the Metropolitan Police reporting 422 dognappings last year.

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