A rescue centre that caters for abandoned or rescued dogs in Shropshire says it is struggling to cope.
Seven dogs were handed in to Grinshill Rescue Centre, near Shrewsbury, on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
Jenny Martinez from the family-run centre said the message that a dog is for life and not just for Christmas does not seem to be getting through.
"Maybe it's too easy to get a dog as there are lots and lots of adverts in the papers," she said.
"People do not seem to worry about paying money for dogs, because we get quite a high percentage of pedigrees in here.
"I just think it all boils down to being too easy to get a dog."