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134 dogs rescued from abuse and neglect in Cornwall

134 dogs rescued from abuse and neglect in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 10:45am 4th October 2019. (Updated at 1:02pm 4th October 2019)

Figures reveal that 134 dogs were rescued from abuse and neglect in Cornwall, last year alone.

The RSPCA also received 7,392 calls to its 24-hour cruelty line in the Duchy, up from 6,675 calls in 2017.

The charity, that rehomed 100 dogs in Cornwall in 2018, is also revealing that Staffies are the most-rescued breed.

However, it has seen a 700% rise in the number of Chihuahuas coming into its rescue centres in the last seven years.

There have also been big jumps in the number of rescued French bulldogs, Daschunds and Pomeranians.

"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.

"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. 

"As part of our rehoming drive this October - called Adoptober - we want to shine a light on all of the dogs in our care and encourage people to adopt a rescue dog instead of buying a puppy. 

"All the animals in our care have a lot of love to give and we have a huge variety of dogs in our kennels waiting for homes, of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds".

RSPCA dog welfare expert, Lisa Hens

How can I help?

Cornwall's RSPCA rescue centre at St Columb is also taking part in Adoptober, with several dogs still in need of forever homes.

They include Ben the lurcher, who was at the centre of a horrific animal cruelty case in Cornwall.

You can read the full list and check how to adopt here.

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