As many as 40,000 dogs could be abandoned in the next year, charity warns, as families who took on 'pandemic puppies' face a post-coronavirus recession.
A recent surge in pet purchases could put animals at risk of abuse, poor health and later abandonment, animal charities have warned.
'It is time for companies to prioritise dog welfare over profit.'
'Urgent action is needed.'
One case saw 24 puppies and their two mothers euthanised.
Every dog in the UK now has to have a microchip.
“The impact on the victim of this kind of offence can be severe”