IT may have been the season of goodwill but not for scores of abandoned dogs which are now being cared for at a shelter which is bursting at the seams.
Three Counties Dog Rescue in Spalding Road, Bourne, is now full after taking in an influx of unwanted dogs over Christmas.
Owner Gyll Mauchline and her team are caring for the 55 dogs which came in over the two-week festive period.
A further 10 came in over the last week and the team is gearing up to look after 12 cats which are due to arrive shortly.
Last year the shelter took in 40 animals over the two-week Christmas period.
Gyll said: “This time of the year is always one of the busiest times and it is always pretty hectic. This time it has been particularly hard and it is so depressing.”
This year callous owners sank to new lows when abandoning their pets.
A Staffordshire bull terrier was found tied up outside a shop in the Sleaford area while three more dogs were found wandering around the Stamford and Deeping area in poor condition.
One owner even dumped a Collie dog in Gyll’s front garden and drove off.
The shelter is also helping to feed up a German shepherd cross which was dramatically underweight.
Gyll estimates that the animal had lost half its body weight.
Gyll said: “It is ridiculous – there is no need to abandon a dog. All people need to do is ring us.
“People seem to get silly over Christmas. They have relatives with younger children come to stay and then tend to panic.”
Some of the dogs which have been brought into the centre are underweight and suffering from the skin condition mange.
But they are being helped on to the road to recovery thanks to the dedicated team.
Now Gyll is calling on the public to help her give the animals a better life.
She said: “We are bursting at the seams but we would never turn a dog away.
“We need help with fundraising, donations and foster homes. We are a registered charity and we need help from anyone with good ideas.”
Anyone who wants to take in a pet must make an appointment with Gyll and her team who make home visits. Potential owners must have an enclosed back garden and the dogs must not be left for more than five hours at a time. Owners with a pet they feel unable to care for properly can sign ownership over to the shelter.
To help Gyll and her team call on 01778 440318 or visit www.threecountiesdogrescue.org