Two underweight puppies found in an abandoned quarry are being offered a fresh start in 2014.
The 12-week-old duo, who have been named Jingle and Bells, were severely underweight and suffering from mange when they were found by a passer-by just days before Christmas.
Having survived the chilly winter weather, the pair are being nursed back to full health at Dogs Trust Leeds’s rehoming centre, in York Road, before they are rehomed in the New Year.
Jingle and Bells’s story comes after the YEP revealed nearly 1,900 dogs roaming the streets of Leeds were picked up by Leeds City Council wardens this year, while over 230 were put to sleep by the authority.
Amanda Sands, manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, said: “Every year we see dogs like Jingle and Bells being abandoned over the Christmas period and it never gets any easier.
“The puppies were frightened, cold and in terrible condition when they first came to us.”
The rehoming centre is treating the pair’s skin condition as it takes daily calls from pet owners in the region who are wanting rid of their dogs.
Matt Howden, assistant manager at the centre, feels seasonal surge is “a bit worse” this year as Dogs Trust workers in Leeds are taking up to 20 calls a day from anxious owners.
He said: “Some reasons are quite genuine through family reasons and financial problems and then you get the people that really didn’t think through the logistics and lifetime commitment of having a dog.”
He added that its kennels are at capacity with rescued dogs.
This year Dogs Trust is celebrating 35 years since its iconic slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ was launched.
If you think you can offer Jingle or Bells a home, call 0113 2814920 or visit: www.dogstrust.org.uk for information.