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Battersea Old Windsor take in 40 cats and dogs between Christmas and New Year

Battersea Old Windsor take in 40 cats and dogs between Christmas and New Year

Tara O'Connor

Battersea Old Windsor take in 40 cats and dogs between Christmas and New Year

Hours into 2016 Battersea Dogs and Cats Home welcomed its first dog of the year.

Six-month-old Twilight was one of the 29 dogs and 11 cats that arrived at the rescue centre in Priest Hill between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

The labrador retriever was brought to Battersea after her owners could no longer cope with a puppy.

Twilight loves nothing more than being around people and would prefer to be cuddling up in front of a warm fire rather than spending life in the kennels.

Centre manager, Kaye Mughal, said: “Sadly Battersea Old Windsor sees a lot of dogs and cats coming to our centre after the festive period.

“Some are unwanted Christmas presents and some, in Twilight’s case, had owners who realised they weren't able to take on all the responsibilities involved in owning a puppy.

“We see a spike of animals coming into us around March when the novelty wears off or a puppy gets larger and the owners can’t cope anymore."

If you can offer a dog a new start in 2016, contact the centre on 01784 432929.

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