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Sue Merrick with a current RSPCA Coffs Harbour shelter resident, a 16-week-old Maltese terrier cross
Sue Merrick with a current RSPCA Coffs Harbour shelter resident, a 16-week-old Maltese terrier cross



ALONG with her fellow workers, Coffs Harbour RSPCA shelter manager Sue Merrick dreads this time of year.

As we enjoy the festive season and plan our holidays, those at RSPCA shelters get into gear for a busy season.

Ms Merrick said added to the problem that too many animals were left unattended or simply dumped as an inconvenience while their owners go off on holiday was the problem of too many people giving pets as Christmas presents.

"They are cute and cuddly for a while, then they grow up," Ms Merrick said.

"Each year around Christmas we put out the same warning but each year the same thing happens. From around February we start receiving unwanted pets that were brought as Christmas presents."

This financial year alone 1355 animals were dumped at the Coffs Harbour RSPCA shelter ? an increase of 13 dogs and 49 cats on the previous year...



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