Sinn Féin Derry-Strabane Councillor Sandra Duffy has urged people to look at the pros and cons of taking on a family pet.
Dog owner Colr. Duffy made her comments after a new study found that in the North 10 dogs were abandoned every day and that 11 were destroyed each week.
The report was carried out by Northern Ireland Says No to Animal Cruelty, and found that between 2013 and 2014 over 11,000 dogs were impounded here.
“We always hear around Christmas time appeals for people to think about the responsibilities of taking on a new pet into the family home and the out workings of that,” Colr. Duffy said.
“These figures are very worrying indeed and are a timely reminder, if one was needed, of the care and attention a family pet needs.
“A pet can bring great joy into a household and give companionship particularly for anyone living on their own.
“A young pup isn’t something you buy at the supermarket and discard when the novelty factor wears off.
“People need to remember a pet could be part of the family for anything up to 10 to 15 years and as well as feeding could require vet bills and the need to get a licence from the local council.
“I hope people listen to these concerns and fully think things through before purchasing a pet dog.”