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Nottinghamshire dog rescue centre is nearly full

stray dog
The dogs are arriving more quickly than usual

A Nottinghamshire dog rescue centre is running out of space due to high demand, managers have said.

Babbington Rescue Centre is urging potential new owners to come forward after the number of stray and unwanted dogs trebled over the past two weeks.

It believes some are being dumped by people trying to avoid vet bills while others are unwanted Christmas presents.

Tony Sanderson said the dog rescue centre had rescued 66 animals in 12 days compared to a normal intake of 20.

The centre takes in strays from Nottingham, Broxtowe and several Derbyshire councils.

Some dogs have medical problems which make it difficult to home them, Mr Sanderson said.

"At the moment we have 67 dogs that are looking for homes, but we only have space for 58 dogs so we are doubling up and looking for any corner for the dogs because of the major influx over the past few weeks."

The influx has come much earlier than usual as the centre is not usually overcrowded until Easter.

"It is unprecedented this influx in the past two weeks," he said.

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The rescue centre has seen the number of dogs dumped treble in recent weeks



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