Animal centre hit by rush of unwanted dogs

Prentis the lurcher, found in Hailsham
Prentis the lurcher, found in Hailsham

AN ANIMAL rehoming centre has been inundated with unwanted dogs – including a lurcher who was abandoned in Hailsham and a pair of puppies from Eastbourne.

The Raystede Centre in nearby Ringmer rescues dogs from across the Eastbourne area and looks after them until a suitable home can be found and takes in around 1,500 animals every year, with cats, small furries, rodents and even horses and parrots.

It costs around £5,500 a day to run the site and, as a charity, Raystede relies heavily on donations and volunteers. And those resources are being put under strain by a recent flurry of dogs arriving on their doorstep.

A 10-week-old lurcher was taken in at the weekend after being found dumped in Hailsham. It was crawling with fleas, extremely dehydrated and painfully thin with all of their bones showing.

Had it not been found when it was it would almost certainly have died.

A second lurcher which came in on the same day in a similar state was not so lucky and passed away.

The surviving dog, called Prentis, is being fostered by Raystede staff and taken home each night until they are fully recovered.

Two puppies are also being looked after at Raystede after their Eastbourne owner decided she no longer wanted them despite having purposefully bred a litter.

She handed them in saying she did not really how much it would cost to look after them, having already sold their brothers and sisters for profit. Neither puppy had been vet checked, wormed or vaccinated.