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DSPCA renews appeal to public as Christmas present puppy is handed in already

His name is Prancer.

15672875_10154229863655678_2121636321206060663_n Source: DSPCA via Facebook

DSPCA HAS RENEWED its appeal to the public not to buy puppies online.

The appeal comes as a puppy intended to be a Christmas present has been handed in to them already.

In a Facebook post, the charity said:

Despite all our warnings here is our first Christmas puppy being handed into the shelter today. Bought online and collected only yesterday from a puppy farm. The excuse ‘he wasn’t getting on with our other dog’. Of course he is not vaccinated or microchipped. People need to be responsible and STOP buying puppies online!

“Thanks to Rachel who runs our fostering department, Prancer has gone to a foster family for Christmas.”

Last month the ISPCA appealed to people not to support puppy farms in the run up to Christmas.

In a statement the ISPCA noted: “Many puppies are bred in appalling conditions, are not vaccinated or microchipped and may be in need of veterinary care.”

The ISPCA notes that pets “never make good Christmas gifts and should never be bought on a whim or given as a surprise”.

Read: Thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas? Here’s why you shouldn’t

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