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Last Updated: Thursday December 13 2007 08:35 GMT

Rise in dumping of 'tough dogs'

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier
A sort of dog that's become a bit of a fashion accessory on the street is being dumped more and more, according to an animal charity.

The RSPCA has seen a rise in the number of Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dogs coming into its rehoming centres.

The breed has become popular because it looks tough and owners think it will make them look hard, even though if trained properly the dogs are softies.

A spokesman said: "It's very sad. We are living in a throwaway society."

The spokesman said the number of animals abandoned always gets worse at Christmas as people can't be bothered to walk their dogs in cold weather, don't want to pay for kennels over the holidays or simply because they want new pets.

Usually the RSPCA gets about 50 animals brought into rehoming centres each day, but now the charity is getting about 90 a day.

"We have seen a steady flow of Staffys coming in to our centres all year, but it seems to be getting worse at this time of year," she added.

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