We’re inundated with dumped dogs and it's not even Christmas yet

Southend Standard: We’re inundated with dumped dogs We’re inundated with dumped dogs

MORE dogs than ever before are being rescued by kennels.

Acres Way Kennels, in Thundersley, is having unprecedented numbers of dogs brought to them after being dumped on the streets of South Essex.

The kennels, also a registered charity, is currently trying to find homes for 40 dogs, and is running out of space.

Many are in need of operations, but with such demand on its services, the kennel can’t afford the treatments, which can cost hundreds of pounds.

Susan Clarkson, manager at the kennels, in Great Burches Road, Thundersley, has seen her costs rise dramatically over 20 years, and now spends more than £250,000 a year trying to take care of abandoned dogs.

She said: “It’s worse than previous years. We have been inundated with dogs.

"When I started this 20 years ago we had about four dogs needing homes, now we have 40.

“People are finding dogs are injured in the area and we have a lot of dogs that come in with broken legs because people can’t afford the vet bills.”

Numbers of rescue dogs at the kennels have doubled since last year. Dogs are coming from Basildon, Southend, Rochford and Castle Point.

Ms Clarkson added: “It has been busy since September.

“I am putting it down to the financial climate. It’s idyllic to have a family and a dog, but with humans nowadays the animals are not fitting in like they used to. When it’s raining and cold, people don’t want to take their dog for a walk.”

Ms Clarkson also urged people to think twice about buying pets from small adds.

She said: “People are getting these dogs from places like Gumtree and don’t think twice.

“They should get them from a reputable place.”

To adopt a pet, call the kennels on 01268 770402.

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8:43am Tue 10 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues. Jack222

10:35am Tue 10 Dec 13

Idontknowy says...

If only people understood the amount of time and care needed to own pets responsibly before they got them
If only people understood the amount of time and care needed to own pets responsibly before they got them Idontknowy

11:21am Tue 10 Dec 13

TJFG66 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.[/p][/quote]what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting TJFG66

12:01pm Tue 10 Dec 13

noggynoo says...

TJFG66 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting
Hear hear TJF66.

Jack222, what a nasty piece of work you are. Thank god there are more kind hearted people in the world like Susan Clarkson than there are people like you.
It's people like you who remind me of the saying "The more I see of people, the more I love my dog"
[quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.[/p][/quote]what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting[/p][/quote]Hear hear TJF66. Jack222, what a nasty piece of work you are. Thank god there are more kind hearted people in the world like Susan Clarkson than there are people like you. It's people like you who remind me of the saying "The more I see of people, the more I love my dog" noggynoo

1:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Funny thing is, I agree with both sides of the argument. I know that sounds odd and not wishing to play devil's advocate here, I feel that a child's life is certainly worth more than a dog's.

However, if an animal is in horrible pain, it is kinder to put it down. These dogs must come into the kennels in various states.

I saw a traveller horse killed on the roads during the summer, it was running loose and sent flying in the air by a passing lorry. Myself and my son watched in horror as the horse lost its leg and rolled in agony into a nearby field.

Would you suggest keeping that horse alive?

I called the police and requested they bring a vet with them. That animal was in agony, I watched it die.

I have also had to watch people die of horrible ailments. And despite what the idiots on here will tell you, have spent even my own time sitting with people who are in obvious pain and discomfort. I can tell you this - and my marks have been horribly misconstrued - death is a welcome release for either humans or animals who are beyond help.

Even their relatives/owners will tell you that.

I am not as has been suggested by the loony left who have published all sorts of utter rubbish online about me, advocating popping people or animals off just because they are ill.

But we have to get it in perspective. Deciding to end an animal's life is a lot different to deciding to end a human's. Obviously there are people who at the end of their lives wish to die in peace -and these cases are well documented.

I happen to believe in personal freedom of choice - with lots of safeguards in place.

Unfortunately it does not work the same way for animals and never will.

I fully agree that these animals should be found good, loving homes.. but if they are in pain or misery, they should be put out of it.

It's cruel to keep alive any creature that is in such obvious distress - and that is beyond help.

And I don't need any idiots misconstruing what I have said either, especially since those doing the gobbing off have never even met me.

I apologise to those of you who are on the same wavelength that I have to keep justifying myself on here - but there are morons on here that jump on my every comment , putting it under the microscope to find things that aren't there.

If such people didn't exist, I would be able to post without that need.
Funny thing is, I agree with both sides of the argument. I know that sounds odd and not wishing to play devil's advocate here, I feel that a child's life is certainly worth more than a dog's. However, if an animal is in horrible pain, it is kinder to put it down. These dogs must come into the kennels in various states. I saw a traveller horse killed on the roads during the summer, it was running loose and sent flying in the air by a passing lorry. Myself and my son watched in horror as the horse lost its leg and rolled in agony into a nearby field. Would you suggest keeping that horse alive? I called the police and requested they bring a vet with them. That animal was in agony, I watched it die. I have also had to watch people die of horrible ailments. And despite what the idiots on here will tell you, have spent even my own time sitting with people who are in obvious pain and discomfort. I can tell you this - and my marks have been horribly misconstrued - death is a welcome release for either humans or animals who are beyond help. Even their relatives/owners will tell you that. I am not as has been suggested by the loony left who have published all sorts of utter rubbish online about me, advocating popping people or animals off just because they are ill. But we have to get it in perspective. Deciding to end an animal's life is a lot different to deciding to end a human's. Obviously there are people who at the end of their lives wish to die in peace -and these cases are well documented. I happen to believe in personal freedom of choice - with lots of safeguards in place. Unfortunately it does not work the same way for animals and never will. I fully agree that these animals should be found good, loving homes.. but if they are in pain or misery, they should be put out of it. It's cruel to keep alive any creature that is in such obvious distress - and that is beyond help. And I don't need any idiots misconstruing what I have said either, especially since those doing the gobbing off have never even met me. I apologise to those of you who are on the same wavelength that I have to keep justifying myself on here - but there are morons on here that jump on my every comment , putting it under the microscope to find things that aren't there. If such people didn't exist, I would be able to post without that need. Kim Gandy

4:31pm Tue 10 Dec 13

sjkmwt says...

I would never rescue a dog from there. I did in 2009, however I had her for only 2 days and she gave birth to 2 pups. She was underweight and malnourished but they should have checked before she was rehomed. I was informed she was toilet trained and this wasn't the case, she also had a terrible case of the runs. My sleep patten used to be 3-8 due to my at the time 18 month olds sleep pattern and I would put her out before I went up. I would still come down to find she had gone 3-4 times in the night. In the end I decided to keep one of the pups and take the mum back as it was unhealthy. One pup had already died due to the mothers malnutrition, the other one I took to the vets the day I took her back, said I would hand rear the pup, but that pup died too in the vets. The dogs coming out of there should be checked for pregnancy and spayed / neutered before rehoming. Both cats and dogs should only be allowed one pregnancy then the animals should be neutered / spayed as well. My 2 cats were done as kittens as I feel there are too many cats need rehoming as well. Too many people breeding dogs for the money and not giving a **** about the animals. We think that the dog I rehomed was used for breeding then discarded. Does not change the fact that they rehomed her when pregnant and due.
I would never rescue a dog from there. I did in 2009, however I had her for only 2 days and she gave birth to 2 pups. She was underweight and malnourished but they should have checked before she was rehomed. I was informed she was toilet trained and this wasn't the case, she also had a terrible case of the runs. My sleep patten used to be 3-8 due to my at the time 18 month olds sleep pattern and I would put her out before I went up. I would still come down to find she had gone 3-4 times in the night. In the end I decided to keep one of the pups and take the mum back as it was unhealthy. One pup had already died due to the mothers malnutrition, the other one I took to the vets the day I took her back, said I would hand rear the pup, but that pup died too in the vets. The dogs coming out of there should be checked for pregnancy and spayed / neutered before rehoming. Both cats and dogs should only be allowed one pregnancy then the animals should be neutered / spayed as well. My 2 cats were done as kittens as I feel there are too many cats need rehoming as well. Too many people breeding dogs for the money and not giving a **** about the animals. We think that the dog I rehomed was used for breeding then discarded. Does not change the fact that they rehomed her when pregnant and due. sjkmwt

6:33pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Steve H says...

One wonders how many of these dogs are 'Staffs' or such breeds?

A dog that didn't turn out to be as 'hard' as it should be?

I often see an owner with a dog and think to myself, that dog is not a pet, it's a weapon.
One wonders how many of these dogs are 'Staffs' or such breeds? A dog that didn't turn out to be as 'hard' as it should be? I often see an owner with a dog and think to myself, that dog is not a pet, it's a weapon. Steve H

6:33pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Royr says...

TJFG66 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting
Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.
[quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.[/p][/quote]what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting[/p][/quote]Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children. Royr

9:28pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Caz2210 says...

I got my staffy from acres way just over 3 years ago. She has been a great addition to my family, she is loving and affectionate and gentle with kids. Everyone that meets her says how docile and what a nice dog she is. Acres way deserve top credit for giving these dogs a second chance!!
I got my staffy from acres way just over 3 years ago. She has been a great addition to my family, she is loving and affectionate and gentle with kids. Everyone that meets her says how docile and what a nice dog she is. Acres way deserve top credit for giving these dogs a second chance!! Caz2210

10:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

w9876 says...

I have a lovely little dog from Acresway, she is an absolute joy to have. Acresway were very honest about her and allowed me to take her home for a trial period, as they didn't know how she would react to my cat. I followed their advice and had no problem at all. She is vaccinated, microchipped, wormed, flea'd and speyed. I have kept dogs all of my life so I know what I'm doing and the responsibilities of dog ownership. I agree that any animal which is suffering (and cant be quickly and easily put right) or cannot for some other reason be rehomed, should be humanely put down to avoid suffering and a lifetime in a cage.
I have a lovely little dog from Acresway, she is an absolute joy to have. Acresway were very honest about her and allowed me to take her home for a trial period, as they didn't know how she would react to my cat. I followed their advice and had no problem at all. She is vaccinated, microchipped, wormed, flea'd and speyed. I have kept dogs all of my life so I know what I'm doing and the responsibilities of dog ownership. I agree that any animal which is suffering (and cant be quickly and easily put right) or cannot for some other reason be rehomed, should be humanely put down to avoid suffering and a lifetime in a cage. w9876

3:05am Wed 11 Dec 13

Spyglass says...

Such a shame that people get pets but don't want the responsibility of looking after them.
Such a shame that people get pets but don't want the responsibility of looking after them. Spyglass

7:28am Wed 11 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Royr wrote:
TJFG66 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting
Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.
TJFG don't..if in doubt TJGF66 please refer to google..

In Asia unwanted dogs can be swapped for plastic bowls/buckets, and some rounded up(even stolen) and sent to Vietnam, illegally mind.
[quote][p][bold]Royr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.[/p][/quote]what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting[/p][/quote]Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.[/p][/quote]TJFG don't..if in doubt TJGF66 please refer to google.. In Asia unwanted dogs can be swapped for plastic bowls/buckets, and some rounded up(even stolen) and sent to Vietnam, illegally mind. DogsMessInLeigh

9:48am Wed 11 Dec 13

TJFG66 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Royr wrote:
TJFG66 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting
Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.
TJFG don't..if in doubt TJGF66 please refer to google..

In Asia unwanted dogs can be swapped for plastic bowls/buckets, and some rounded up(even stolen) and sent to Vietnam, illegally mind.
And elsewhere in the world is human trafficking...I don't see your point?
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Royr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.[/p][/quote]what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting[/p][/quote]Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.[/p][/quote]TJFG don't..if in doubt TJGF66 please refer to google.. In Asia unwanted dogs can be swapped for plastic bowls/buckets, and some rounded up(even stolen) and sent to Vietnam, illegally mind.[/p][/quote]And elsewhere in the world is human trafficking...I don't see your point? TJFG66

9:53am Wed 11 Dec 13

TJFG66 says...

Royr wrote:
TJFG66 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting
Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.
There is a difference, yes. but the key word being unwanted
[quote][p][bold]Royr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.[/p][/quote]what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting[/p][/quote]Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.[/p][/quote]There is a difference, yes. but the key word being unwanted TJFG66

10:21am Wed 11 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

TJFG66 wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Royr wrote:
TJFG66 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting
Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.
TJFG don't..if in doubt TJGF66 please refer to google..

In Asia unwanted dogs can be swapped for plastic bowls/buckets, and some rounded up(even stolen) and sent to Vietnam, illegally mind.
And elsewhere in the world is human trafficking...I don't see your point?
Humans are not being sold for food...get it now..?
[quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Royr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.[/p][/quote]what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting[/p][/quote]Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.[/p][/quote]TJFG don't..if in doubt TJGF66 please refer to google.. In Asia unwanted dogs can be swapped for plastic bowls/buckets, and some rounded up(even stolen) and sent to Vietnam, illegally mind.[/p][/quote]And elsewhere in the world is human trafficking...I don't see your point?[/p][/quote]Humans are not being sold for food...get it now..? DogsMessInLeigh

12:37pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Royr says...

TJFG66 wrote:
Royr wrote:
TJFG66 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.
what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting
Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.
There is a difference, yes. but the key word being unwanted
OK, there is an ENORMOUS difference between unwanted animals and unwanted children
[quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Royr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TJFG66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Finally unwanted animals should be destroyed, especially injured ones. Save the money for important issues.[/p][/quote]what about unwanted children who have disabilities or on-going illnesses that cost money...should we put them down too? Don't be so disgusting[/p][/quote]Even fanatic animal lovers will admit that there is an ENORMOUS difference between animals and children.[/p][/quote]There is a difference, yes. but the key word being unwanted[/p][/quote]OK, there is an ENORMOUS difference between unwanted animals and unwanted children Royr

3:35pm Wed 11 Dec 13

John T Pharro says...

If there are places like "Acres Way" that have dozens of dogs to house why on earth do people buy dogs elsewhere?
If there are places like "Acres Way" that have dozens of dogs to house why on earth do people buy dogs elsewhere? John T Pharro

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