Fenland refuge owner fears "great sling out" of old dogs over Christmas
THE owner of a Fenland refuge fears a great sling out of once pampered pooches because they are old, after rescuing three dogs in three weeks. Kay Mitchell says she has taken in a 14-year-old Labrador cross, a 15-and-a-half-year-old Collie cross and a 1
THE owner of a Fenland refuge fears "a great sling out" of once pampered pooches because they are old, after rescuing three dogs in three weeks.
Kay Mitchell says she has taken in a 14-year-old Labrador cross, a 15-and-a-half-year-old Collie cross and a 16-year-old Yorkshire Terrier that were abandoned across Fenland.
She added that this 10-year-old Collie-like dog - found abandoned along Wimblington Road in Manea three months ago - was also put to sleep to end its suffering.
Miss Mitchell, who runs Tara's Refuge in Manea, said: "I thought we were a nation of animal lovers.
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"You don't throw grandma out when she gets old and dirty, so why do you do it to animals?
"Christmas is coming and I fear it's going to be the great sling out. It's all getting out of hand."
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Miss Mitchell rehomes dogs that are looked after at veterinary practices and dog kennels for long periods.
She said of her latest dogs: "The Yorkshire Terrier was looked after at a veterinary practice and they traced the owner who said she would collect the dog but never did. He was going to be put to sleep if I didn't offer it a home.
"The Collie was flea-ridden and the RSPCA apparently told the owner to take it to a vet, but it ended up in the dog pound.
"The owner of the Labrador has never been traced though and, for all I know, they could be looking for it.