Number of abandoned wolf-like dogs rising

Alaskan malamute Blue is pictured with animal welfare assistant Becky Stickland

William Walker with Jack Russell puppy Frankie and his mum Lulu

First published in News

THE number of abandoned wolf-like dogs is rising because of the popularity of vampire-themed films and shows, an Oxfordshire charity has warned.

Blue Cross, which has centres in Lewknor and Burford, says the number of huskies and other wolf-like breeds has more than doubled in a year.

In Oxfordshire the number of Alaskan malamutes like Blue, left, has jumped from none from January to June last year, to five this year already.

Claire Stallard, animal behaviourist at Blue Cross, said: “These beautiful and distinctive breeds have become fashionable over the years, but unfortunately they may be chosen on their looks alone.

“One theory is that these breeds have a wolf-like appearance and the fashion for vampire-themed TV and films may be a feature of their increasing popularity.”

Popular films featuring wolves include the Twilight saga, which heavily features werewolves. Other television shows being blamed for the rise include Game of Thrones and True Blood, a series based around the lives of vampires.

But the charity said people often did not think about the amount of exercise such dogs need.

Ms Stallard said: “Siberian huskies are able to pull sleds across miles and miles of icy terrain. If not given enough exercise, these dogs can become frustrated which may manifest in all manner of problem behaviours.”

Blue came into the Burford centre more than four weeks ago and is desperately in need of a new home.

Centre manager Aly Jones said: “He is full of energy and loves to be out and about, and is distinctive in that he has one blue eye and one brown eye.

“He has a great personality and needs someone who can invest the time to take him on daily long walks.”

Nationally, the number of Alaskan malamutes in the Blue Cross’ 12 centres has jumped from two between January and June 2011 to 10 in the same period this year.

The number of Siberian huskies has risen from 13 to 30 – from three to four in Oxfordshire – and utonagons from zero to three.

The percentage increase in the number of Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies at its centres was causing added strain at a time when more pets were being abandoned, the charity said.

Centres across the county are desperately trying to find homes for abandoned pets as the UK enters deeper into recession.

William Walker, who runs Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Jack Russell Rescue in Weston-on-the-Green, near Bicester, said: “People are dumping dogs. The vets are expensive, food is expensive and so the first thing to go is the dog.”

How to adopt Blue or other dogs:

See Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary – visit oxfordshire animalsanctuary.org.uk or call 01865 890239. Blue Cross – visit bluecross.org.uk or call 0300 777 1500 or 0300 777 1897.

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11:27am Thu 26 Jul 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

I think it's appalling the way people can just abandon pets, we choose to have animals, as we do children, and as such they should be treated as one of the family, unfortunately some people consider LCD TVs, Sky TV, Designer Clothes, Games Consoles, Alcohol & Tobacco, to be more part of the family than animals.
I think it's appalling the way people can just abandon pets, we choose to have animals, as we do children, and as such they should be treated as one of the family, unfortunately some people consider LCD TVs, Sky TV, Designer Clothes, Games Consoles, Alcohol & Tobacco, to be more part of the family than animals. Dilligaf2010
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4:34pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Shiva88 says...

i would also like to add to this that is not just these breeds all dogs are being dumped due to lack of knowledge and money and the vast amount of breeders dose not help some how people can not afford to keep these animals but i bet they payed alot for them like i was looking for a malamute and they can cost anything from £550 - £1500 now the way i see it is make breeders have a licence to breed and they are only allowed one litter per dog as i know one breeder who's poor malamute is on her 3 litter in 3 years and i find this cruel and unfair on the dog as the last litter had to be shut away for there mum as she tried to attack them i say its time to jump on the breeders and reduce the amount of dogs being dumped and then put to sleep and shut down such places like http://www.dogs4us.c
om/ as they are simply puppy farms pushing out thousands of puppies at a high price oh and dont forget there 6 month guarantee on all puppies you watch this clip and tell me if you think this sick puppy mill should stay open http://news.sky.com/
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i would also like to add to this that is not just these breeds all dogs are being dumped due to lack of knowledge and money and the vast amount of breeders dose not help some how people can not afford to keep these animals but i bet they payed alot for them like i was looking for a malamute and they can cost anything from £550 - £1500 now the way i see it is make breeders have a licence to breed and they are only allowed one litter per dog as i know one breeder who's poor malamute is on her 3 litter in 3 years and i find this cruel and unfair on the dog as the last litter had to be shut away for there mum as she tried to attack them i say its time to jump on the breeders and reduce the amount of dogs being dumped and then put to sleep and shut down such places like http://www.dogs4us.c om/ as they are simply puppy farms pushing out thousands of puppies at a high price oh and dont forget there 6 month guarantee on all puppies you watch this clip and tell me if you think this sick puppy mill should stay open http://news.sky.com/ story/714955/appalli ng-puppy-farm-condit ions-uncovered Shiva88
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4:52pm Thu 26 Jul 12

online_reader says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
I think it's appalling the way people can just abandon pets, we choose to have animals, as we do children, and as such they should be treated as one of the family, unfortunately some people consider LCD TVs, Sky TV, Designer Clothes, Games Consoles, Alcohol & Tobacco, to be more part of the family than animals.
Broadly speaking I agree, however there is a wider problem of animals being banned on letting and leasing agreements. It is virtually impossible to downsize to a flat if it's purchased leasehold or to rent privately without there being a no animals clause in the contract. That's partly why recession leads to more animals needing to be re-homed - because the humans need to be re-homed too.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: I think it's appalling the way people can just abandon pets, we choose to have animals, as we do children, and as such they should be treated as one of the family, unfortunately some people consider LCD TVs, Sky TV, Designer Clothes, Games Consoles, Alcohol & Tobacco, to be more part of the family than animals.[/p][/quote]Broadly speaking I agree, however there is a wider problem of animals being banned on letting and leasing agreements. It is virtually impossible to downsize to a flat if it's purchased leasehold or to rent privately without there being a no animals clause in the contract. That's partly why recession leads to more animals needing to be re-homed - because the humans need to be re-homed too. online_reader
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5:14pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

online_reader wrote:
Dilligaf2010 wrote:
I think it's appalling the way people can just abandon pets, we choose to have animals, as we do children, and as such they should be treated as one of the family, unfortunately some people consider LCD TVs, Sky TV, Designer Clothes, Games Consoles, Alcohol & Tobacco, to be more part of the family than animals.
Broadly speaking I agree, however there is a wider problem of animals being banned on letting and leasing agreements. It is virtually impossible to downsize to a flat if it's purchased leasehold or to rent privately without there being a no animals clause in the contract. That's partly why recession leads to more animals needing to be re-homed - because the humans need to be re-homed too.
I suspect that the majority of those dumping dogs aren't likely to be renting privately though, but I agree with what you're saying.
[quote][p][bold]online_reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: I think it's appalling the way people can just abandon pets, we choose to have animals, as we do children, and as such they should be treated as one of the family, unfortunately some people consider LCD TVs, Sky TV, Designer Clothes, Games Consoles, Alcohol & Tobacco, to be more part of the family than animals.[/p][/quote]Broadly speaking I agree, however there is a wider problem of animals being banned on letting and leasing agreements. It is virtually impossible to downsize to a flat if it's purchased leasehold or to rent privately without there being a no animals clause in the contract. That's partly why recession leads to more animals needing to be re-homed - because the humans need to be re-homed too.[/p][/quote]I suspect that the majority of those dumping dogs aren't likely to be renting privately though, but I agree with what you're saying. Dilligaf2010
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5:22pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Darkforbid says...

Ignoring the re-homed quote... Dog like this need more exercise than most owners can give,,, which leads to behavioral problems and abandonment

Chose a dog based on the life you'll give it, not fashion
Ignoring the re-homed quote... Dog like this need more exercise than most owners can give,,, which leads to behavioral problems and abandonment Chose a dog based on the life you'll give it, not fashion Darkforbid
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10:34am Fri 27 Jul 12

Rezident says...

Darkforbid wrote:
Ignoring the re-homed quote... Dog like this need more exercise than most owners can give,,, which leads to behavioral problems and abandonment Chose a dog based on the life you'll give it, not fashion
As an owner of a 7 yr old Malamute and having owned other dogs before this I agree with this quote from Darkforbid.

Working breeds - such as malamutes, huskies and the likes need to be excercised multiple times a day for hours at a time; not just an hours walk when you get home from work.
They also need to be engaged when at home as you will find the standard dog toys will not interest them for more then a few minutes. But most of all they need your attention; the same amount as you would give a small child.
If you cannot provide just one facet of this then I suggest that you re-examine your choice about taking on a dog of this caliber.
[quote][p][bold]Darkforbid[/bold] wrote: Ignoring the re-homed quote... Dog like this need more exercise than most owners can give,,, which leads to behavioral problems and abandonment Chose a dog based on the life you'll give it, not fashion[/p][/quote]As an owner of a 7 yr old Malamute and having owned other dogs before this I agree with this quote from Darkforbid. Working breeds - such as malamutes, huskies and the likes need to be excercised multiple times a day for hours at a time; not just an hours walk when you get home from work. They also need to be engaged when at home as you will find the standard dog toys will not interest them for more then a few minutes. But most of all they need your attention; the same amount as you would give a small child. If you cannot provide just one facet of this then I suggest that you re-examine your choice about taking on a dog of this caliber. Rezident
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2:01pm Fri 27 Jul 12

Darkforbid says...

"I suspect that the majority of those dumping dogs aren't likely to be renting privately though, but I agree with what you're saying."

Rubbish... nice to see your bigoted idea of the world not changed
"I suspect that the majority of those dumping dogs aren't likely to be renting privately though, but I agree with what you're saying." Rubbish... nice to see your bigoted idea of the world not changed Darkforbid
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2:27pm Fri 27 Jul 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Darkforbid wrote:
"I suspect that the majority of those dumping dogs aren't likely to be renting privately though, but I agree with what you're saying."

Rubbish... nice to see your bigoted idea of the world not changed
Why do you consider my comment to be bigoted?
[quote][p][bold]Darkforbid[/bold] wrote: "I suspect that the majority of those dumping dogs aren't likely to be renting privately though, but I agree with what you're saying." Rubbish... nice to see your bigoted idea of the world not changed[/p][/quote]Why do you consider my comment to be bigoted? Dilligaf2010
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5:08pm Fri 27 Jul 12

Darkforbid says...

?? people who rent privately are unlikely to abandon dogs? Is just a stupid comment Dill...
?? people who rent privately are unlikely to abandon dogs? Is just a stupid comment Dill... Darkforbid
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5:52pm Fri 27 Jul 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Darkforbid wrote:
?? people who rent privately are unlikely to abandon dogs? Is just a stupid comment Dill...
People who rent privately are invariably going to have money, and will be employed, so parting with a pet would be a last resort, council tenants however, are very likely to have less money, and many will be unemployed, they'd be more likely to dump a pet rather than give up any unnecessary luxuries.
[quote][p][bold]Darkforbid[/bold] wrote: ?? people who rent privately are unlikely to abandon dogs? Is just a stupid comment Dill...[/p][/quote]People who rent privately are invariably going to have money, and will be employed, so parting with a pet would be a last resort, council tenants however, are very likely to have less money, and many will be unemployed, they'd be more likely to dump a pet rather than give up any unnecessary luxuries. Dilligaf2010
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