Dumped: Owners get rid of their dog because it's 'too old'
Pet owners have dumped their dogs because they did not match the furniture, an animal charity said yesterday.
Others complained that the dog's different-coloured eyes made it look evil, said the Dogs Trust.
One set of owners, trying to get rid of their pet because it was 'too old', asked staff at one of the Trust's rehoming centres for a younger model.
The excuses were revealed as the Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, listed the most irresponsible reasons people have given for abandoning dogs.
The Trust, which 30 years ago coined the slogan 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas', said one dog was given up after it ate the Christmas turkey, while another lost its home because it tore open its owners' presents on Christmas Eve.
The Trust said that although the number of dogs given as Christmas presents has fallen over the past three decades, it is still more than 130,000 animals a year.
In an effort to cut this further, the Trust's 17 centres will stop rehoming dogs over the holiday season.
People will be able to visit and reserve a dog, but not take it home until the New Year.
Trust chief executive Clarissa Baldwin said: 'Some of the reasons we hear for dogs being abandoned are truly outrageous and saddening.
'Having a dog is a long-term commitment.'
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home said it almost reached capacity - for the first time - because of the high number of strays and lost animals brought in.
It attributed the high number of strays to the credit crunch as well as new laws which have led to fewer owners being reunited with their lost dogs.
Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act, stray dogs were made the responsibility of local authorities whereas previously-they were taken to the police.
This means many owners do not know where to find their lost dogs.
It is also thought that many owners whose animals have strayed are not actively looking for them because of financial pressures.
Jan Barlow, from the Battersea home, appealed for those who can no longer afford to look after their pets to contact Battersea or their local rescue centre.
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